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How does Low-carb diet work?

Diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates have become popular as a way to lose weight.

The theory behind these diets is that slower burning energy sources - protein and fat - provide a steady supply of energy and thus are less likely to lead to weight gain. People tend to feel full longer after eating protein than after eating carbohydrates, because carbohydrates empty from the stomach quickly and are digested quickly. Carbohydrates also strongly stimulate insulin production, which promotes fat deposition and increases appetite.

Low-carbohydrate diets tend to cause large amounts of weight to be lost during the first week or so, as the body converts stored carbohydrates (glycogen) to energy. As glycogen is broken down, the body also excretes large amounts of water, adding to weight loss. However, once the body begins to use stored fat for energy, weight loss slows. Low carb diets may be high in fat and thus the total caloric intake may exceed what the body uses. In such cases, weight loss may stop after glycogen is used up.

Three factors contribute to weight loss with low-carbohydrate diets:

  • Loss of water weight. The initial weight loss from low-carb diets is water weight. By eating fewer carbohydrates, your body burns its stored carbohydrates (glycogen) and fat for energy. When your body burns glycogen, water is released, and you lose weight.
  • Decreased appetite. Burning fat without carbohydrates creates byproducts called ketones that build up in your bloodstream (ketosis). When they're in a state of ketosis, many people find they have a decreased appetite or less drive to eat. But prolonged ketosis may deplete mineral stores in the bones.
  • Reduced calories. Most low-carbohydrate diets reduce your overall calorie intake because the diet limits a whole group of foods. And when you consume fewer calories than you need, you lose weight.

Advantages of Low-Carb diet:

  • Sustained weight loss
  • Stabilized blood sugar (especially important for diabetics)
  • Lower insulin levels
  • Better blood lipid profile (low cholesterol)
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • More energyctivities.

Vitamins and minerals in low carb diet

Most low-carb diets used for weight loss are not "balanced" in terms of providing all the essential micronutrients. That is why it is extremely important to supplement your diet with good-quality vitamin and mineral products. It is also important to take a fiber supplement.

Once the weight is off, and your blood chemistry, blood pressure, and energy levels are back in the normal range, then you may start adding some more complex carbohydrates back into your diet. By eating a moderate amount of foods like vegetables and berries, and a limited amount of grain products, such as whole-grain breads and beans, your diet will then be balanced and you can stop taking the supplements, if you wish. The low-carb diet is not as unbalanced as you might think. Meats, butter, nuts, cheese, and eggs contain a lot of essential vitamins and minerals.


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April 10, 2020