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Low Carb Diet – Weight Loss Benefits

Low Carb Diet – Weight Loss Benefits

A low carb diet, as the name implies, is a diet that is low in carbohydrates (bread, rice, sugar, especially the refined variety) and high (or rather adequate) in fats and proteins (meat, eggs, cheese, butter, nuts, etc.). A number of variations of the diet exist (most well known, Dr. Atkins Diet), but the one thing that is common to all is the drastic cutback on the intake of carbohydrates in the diet plan.

Most of these plans substitute the outgoing carbohydrates with fats and proteins. Although different types of these diets may vary in the recommended intake of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as a general rule a low carb diet is tantamount to a high-fat and moderate protein diet.

In a low carb diet at least 60 to 70% of the daily calorie intake must come from fats, contrary to a normal diet where a major portion of the calories comes from carbohydrates. The carbohydrate calories should not constitute more than 5 to 10% of the daily calorie intake. The remaining 20 to 30% calories can come from proteins.

Why a low carb diet?

How often have you come across overweight people feeling frustrated at not being able to lose an inch of the stubborn abdominal fat in spite of exercising and in spite of being on the traditionally recommended low fat, high carb diet for months? Too often to even remember! The reason, obviously, has to lie in the wrong approach to attack the problem underlying excess weight and excess inches.

Scientific research has shown that dietary fat is not necessarily converted into body fat, whereas carbohydrates readily convert into fat by the action of insulin, a hormone produced by pancreas in response to elevated sugar levels in the blood (as caused by carbohydrates) to allow blood sugar to be used by cells.

However, insulin also aids in fat deposition and stimulates the brain to produce hunger pangs. The vicious cycle of more carbohydrates, more and more insulin repeats, resulting in cells becoming insulin resistant with time. Consequently, excess sugar either stays in the blood (causing diabetes) or starts converting to fat (causing obesity) instead of being used up by cells to produce energy, leading to obesity, fatigue and lethargy.

Benefits of a low carb diet

A low carb diet helps prevent hyperinsulinemia (i.e., elevated insulin levels in the blood) and increases the level of glucagon, a pancreatic hormone that reverses the action of insulin, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and helps burn fat to energy and remove cholesterol deposits from arteries.

And because the body gets into the fat-burning mode, sustained weight and inch loss occurs, accompanied by lowered blood pressure, better lipid profile and raised energy levels.

Due to the consumption of fats and oils, the appetite and hunger pangs stay in control, because fatty foods are more satisfying and take longer to digest. And since limited amounts of complex carbohydrates do accompany the fats (obviously, the healthy types), the body metabolism does not switch to starvation mode. A vitamin/mineral supplement and a fiber supplement may be added if necessary.

Once the body chemistry is back to normal and the excess weight knocked off, complex carbohydrates and some vegetables/fruits can be added to the diet. But if one does not want to go back to the earlier state, one has to kiss goodbye the white bread, pastries, cakes, ice creams and things like that, except for an occasional binge.

Michael J. Harris is an avid weight lifter and adheres to a low carb diet as a part of an overall health routine. Find out more about how a low carb diet plan can help you.

In this Induction-friendly recipe video, I demonstrate one of the most versatile side dishes or main dishes on the Low Carb lifestyle. From Chinese main meal or accompaniment to an Italian replacement for pasta, this faux rice recipe is versatile to say the least. Note: for the Italian alternative, I would eliminate the Chinese flavorings (Soy Sauce, meat, sesame oil, and egg) in favor of more garlic and Italian seasoning and spices. For Induction, you are limited to 1 cup of Cauliflower per day. This recipe was developed from the original at Linda’s Low Carb recipe site. ( Here is the ingredients: 2 TBS Cooking oil 4 slices Bacon 1 Medium Size head of Cauliflower (~2 pounds), grated 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 oz of Ham 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil 1 egg, beaten 4 green onions, chopped Black Pepper to taste * Heat the oil and bacon in large skillet until bacon is slightly browned. * Grate Cauliflower in Food Processor * Add Cauliflower, Ham, and Garlic and cook until the cauliflower begins to stick (internal water is evaporated) and getting browned * Add Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil, heat for 1-2 minutes * Drag Cauliflower to half of the pan * Cook beaten egg until scrambled, and mix with Cauliflower mixture. * Add Green Onion, and Pepper to taste * Cook 4-5 more minutes Makes 6 servings Link to Linda’s Low Carb Update page: Nutrition Info: 116 Calories; 5g Fat; 9.5g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 5g Net Carbs Per 1/8 recipe: 64 Calories

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