Weight Loss on a Low-Carb Diet

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

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Losing weight is one of the most difficult tasks that overweight people face in their weight loss journey. Many people are looking for a fast fix and end up following diets that do more harm than good. Yes, there are many diets specifically tailored for certain body shapes, but if you want to lose weight quickly and effectively, then low-carb diets can be very helpful in dropping those unwanted pounds.

Low-carb Diet

A low-carb diet is exactly what it says…………low on carbohydrates that are found in grains, fruits, starchy vegetables, wheat products and pasta. the dieter really wants to keep their carbohydrates on the low side, while keeping their intake high in proteins and fat derived from the animal and the vegetables alike.

How a Low-Carb Diet Works?

The intake of the products high in carbohydrates causes the insulin levels to spike. The high amount of insulin locks the fat which leads to glucose burning instead of the fat.

A person loses the most weight during the initial period of the diet. The reason for this is because the low levels of the insulin in the body causes the kidneys to shed an excessive amount of sodium. Moreover, the carbs in the bodies are stored in the form of glycogen. The glycogen binds water molecules to the liver and muscles. When the level of the carbohydrates reduces in the blood stream, the amount of glycogen automatically lowers, bringing the level of water down with it.

The initial lack of carbs leads the body to get rid sodium along with water which leads to the most weight loss in the initial period.

The Best Foods for a Low-Carb Diet

A low-carb diet requires the individuals to cut down on the high carbohydrate foods. What this means is that the people would need to create a specific diet that is high in protein and fats. Fortunately, there are a hundreds of healthy alternatives that are extremely high in healthy fats as well as protein.

Red Meat and White Meat: Meat includes every type of unprocessed meat that you can imagine such as beef, lamb, veal, and pork. When it comes to poultry, always try to eat turkey, chicken, duck and any other fowl with their skins.  Processed meat really should be left out of the diet, but if your cravings take over you then always opt for one that has the lowest amount of carbs in it.

Seafood: You should avoid cultured or farmed fish or shellfish. Instead, choose wild or freshly caught seafood.

Healthy Fats: All the fats and oils that are solid at room temperatures such as lard, butter, and ghee are extremely healthy. Avoid trans-fat and hydrogenated oils.

Basically, as a general rule…..stay away from foods that are high in sugars, starches, and inflammatory oils.

A low-carb diet might work wonders in the beginning, but you need to exercise to aid in the weight loss journey. Also you need to know that losing weight fast on a low-carb diet without any direction or guidance can be harmful, so always try to talk to professionals to get the most out of your diet.


To Your Health

Thomas W.