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A very popular diet used to help lose weight is the low-carb diet plan. As the name implies, the diet is based on consuming more of proteins and limiting your carbohydrates. In fact, the only carbohydrates advised to eat while on the diet are those found in fruits and vegetables.
While there are seven proven scientific benefits of following a low-carb diet, it is always better to consult your doctor before starting it, especially if you suffer from health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes.
- You will lose weight if you stay on a low carb diet
Research and results over the years prove that it’s possible to lose weight while following a low-carb diet. However the amount of weight you lose can and will be different for individuals, and depends on how determined and capable you are at eliminating sugars and carbs from your diet. (In other words can you stick to the rules of a low carb diet:)
- Blood pressure and sugar levels should improve
Hypertension or high blood pressure are one of the strongest risk factors for stroke and heart disease, it’s important you lower the risk of this disease by lowering your blood pressure levels. While pills can help you do this, even following a healthy diet like a low-carb diet plan helps reduce high blood pressure especially in the obese.
Similarly, low carbohydrate diets do help reduce the levels of fasting glucose and glycated hemoglobin. So if you are diabetic, you enjoy the dual benefit of losing weight and reducing blood sugar levels by following a low-carb diet plan.
- Helps improve triglyceride levels (This one is huge for me:)
Triglyceride levels are an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease where its high levels are related to risk factors like abnormal lipoprotein metabolism, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes mellitus and low HDL cholesterol levels. There have been many studies that prove that reducing your carbohydrate intake helps significantly reduce triglyceride levels. (Remember though fruits and veggies are not eliminated from your diet:)
- Improves HDL cholesterol levels
Low HDL cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. One way to improve its levels is by restricting your carbohydrate intake through a low-carb diet plan.
- Insulin resistance will be lowered in most cases
People with the metabolic syndrome suffer from insulin resistance, which seems to have an association with cardiovascular disease. Research has proven that restricting your carb intake helps lower insulin resistance more than by restricting your fat intake. (Keep the veggies and fruitees and drop the candy:)
- Low carbs will help lower insulin and C-reactive protein levels
High insulin levels or hyperinsulinemia is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and is associated with insulin resistance. Lowering insulin levels is better and possible through carbohydrate restriction.
- Helps reduce C-reactive protein levels
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a known marker of inflammation and is measured in blood. While high sensitivity CRP is associated with a heightened cardiovascular risk, carbohydrate restriction helps lower CRP levels. This proves that low-carb diet plans do indeed help reduce inflammation. (I know this one is huge for me.) My stomach shrank within days. I was shocked!)
With so many benefits associated with a low-carb diet plan, there’s no harm in following the diet. Not only to lose weight, but also to experience these amazing health benefits and thus end up feeling better and healthier! (Basically, going low carb will make you feel better in days. You’ll be getting the bad stuff like sugar out of your diet and eating a lot more vegetables and fruits…….you can’t go wrong. Try an orange for dessert instead of that huge bowl of ice cream:)