Hide the Starch, Cut Your ‘Gain’
Although ‘eat less and exercise more’ is one of the basics for weight-loss, anyone struggling with weight would know that it is too over-simplified for the true turmoil of any dieter. There exist a myriad of diet plans and patterns, each with a different philosophy governing them, and though science cannot say any one plan is the ultimate solution for obesity, continued studies aim to find better and more efficient ways of losing weight. Whilst the true results are still in the vending machine, one can safely say that some of most successful diets with positive short-term and long-term prospect, as well as with minimum risk with regards to malnutrition and relapse, are based on the principle of low carbohydrates. Popular diets which have met competition fiercely in recent times tend to be a low carb diet, and that narrows down search results on an engine to something easier to sift through. Even better, knowing that low carbohydrate diets can help you understand how you can streamline your weight-loss process to make it efficient and permanent.
Despite the fact that the term ‘low carb’ is used casually in just about any context, it doesn’t always represent the true value of low carbs. In essence, a high carbohydrate diet varies from 50%-70% by calorie. Moderate varies from 40%-50% by calorie, while 25%-39% and 0%-25% are considered low carb and very low carb, respectively. However, most diet plans and dieticians, when talking about what they would call low-carb, are actually referring to the moderate range. That’s not to say that low carb diets are not efficient. Still, one should look for a balance when struggling with dieting as too low a carbohydrate content can have detrimental effects on heart health while too high might mean that the weight-loss scheme would be ultimately ineffective.
Of course, that brings up the million dollar question: what foods are low in carbohydrates? Most low-carb diets, like Atkins or Dukan, are rich in lean meat and they avoid bread and rice for the most part. This is because, where meat is almost exclusively protein, bread and rice come under the panel of starchy foods which are enriched with carbohydrates. For the same reason, high-sugar fruits like bananas and starch vegetables like potatoes and corn are not allowed in the regular course of these diets, except as an isolated meal or a motivational ‘treat’. Generally speaking, these diets also advise the dieter to stay away from sugar (table sugar is usually sucrose, which is a carbohydrate), sugary foods, desserts and other sources of carbohydrates and fats. While some diets put a limit on the extent of proteins the dieter can consume in lieu of low carbs, there is often none for the sake of encouraging the dieter.
Each low carb diet differs in its exact format and ideology, but when it comes to statistics they have prevailed over the decades and have managed to help more and more people. If you’re looking for an effective cure and can lay off the potatoes part of ‘meat and potatoes’, you’ll be the man (or woman) you always wanted to be.