Most of our diets include more carbohydrates than needed for our body to survive. Low carb diets can not only help individuals lose weight, but by reducing the blood sugar levels it can also be beneficial for your overall health.
If you are limiting carbs, it is essential that the carbs you do include in your diet are not some processed unhealthy stuff. Especially take care of cutting out any products that contain high-fructose corn syrup. Opt for healthier stuff instead such as quinoa, barley, whole wheat bread etc.
Giving up on carbs is not easy, it requires some dedicated efforts. That being said, things will get easier with time and you will be able to achieve great results if you just push through those few hard weeks in the beginning.
The main purpose of a low carb diet is to keep your blood sugar levels stabilized. Including starches in your diet before or after an exercise session ensures that your blood sugar does not increase suddenly.
It is important to maintain a healthy level of fat stores in the to protect and insulate the body. If your body fat percentage is too low, say somewhere around 10% you wouldn’t want to decrease your carbohydrate intake.
When you switch to a low carbohydrates diet, there is a decrease in your daily fiber intake as well. Make sure to include non-starchy vegetables such as bean sprouts, asparagus, dark leafy vegetables etc. to make up for the foods that you are giving up. Image source : Getty
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