The Truth Behind Low Carb Diet!

The Basics Of A Low Carbohydrate Diet Plan

Low-Carbs-DietThe Atkins Diet, the Paleo Diet, and more are all centered around one thing; low carbohydrates. There is a very good reason for that. One of the biggest problems that you can face when losing weight is taking care of your sugar problem. A low carb diet does that, but there is a reason why you can make it work even better for you. I’ll show you how.

Everyone has a friend that has told you about some low carb diet that has changed their life. In the past 20 years more and more diets have popped up and it’s easy to dismiss them as “just another trend.” Rather than just blindly ignore all carbohydrates, you can select the right ones and make use of the fat burning power that complex carbohydrates have.

What Should You Eat?

As little carbs as possible, but the carbs that you do take in should all be complex carbohydrates. Think about these:

  • low-carbohydrates-diet-planWhole Grain Breads (Bagels, Toast)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Legumes
  • Nuts

Overall, here is a larger list of everything that you should consider:

  • Proteins
  • Pork
  • Grass fed beef
  • Whole eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Kimchee
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Black beans
  • Red beans
  • Soybeans

All of these should work out to less than 100 grams daily. Once you start staying under that level, your body will go into ketosis. Ketosis tells your body that it should start running off of fat instead of carbohydrates. Fat burning 24 hours a day will change the way that you see weight loss. Up to 10 pounds a week is easy when you are running in ketosis.

Making The Switch

Switching over to a low carb diet can be a hassle for a lot of people. The key is that you should gradually cut out different kinds of carbohydrates. This can happen in a couple of different stages:

  • Cut out sodas, refined sugar, juice, etc
  • Switch to whole grain options and add more legumes
  • Gradually increase your protein and healthy fat intake, while reducing the number of overall carbohydrates

The Benefits

The largest benefit that you are going to notice with a low carbohydrate diet plan is the weight loss aspect. It is almost unbelievable. The Bulletproof diet is one of the most extreme that cuts out all carbohydrates and it gives people 1-2 pounds a day of pure fat loss. The longer you stick with it the more weight you can lose, since your body will get used to running off of fat.

Energy is also a big factor. Refined carbohydrates give your body lots of energy, but then you have to deal with the crash that comes after. That crash also leads to fat storage. By limiting your carbohydrates to slow burning carbs, you will be taking in food that will give you energy for hours.

Any Risk?

None. You are eliminating the thing that causes the health problems, not adding them. There is, however, a risk of low energy levels if you cut them out completely. Some people have a need for carbohydrates to maintain their body. Don’t give up too quickly, though, since it can take a couple of weeks for your body to make the switch to fat burning.

The Popular Plans

  • The Atkins Diet
    • The Atkins diet was incredibly popular in the 1990s and today. It was the originator of the low carb concept and it works well for a lot of people. It features a very strict period that progressively teaches you how to find the proper level of carbohydrates for your body that won’t cause you to gain weight.
  • Slow Carb
    • Tim Ferris invented the Slow Carb diet and explained it in his book “The 4 Hour Body.” He recommends cutting out carbohydrates completely, except for that which is found in certain food products like beans and sweet potatoes.
  • The Paleo Diet
    • The Paleo diet is an interesting concept that focuses on using the diet that would have been similar to that of our Paleolithic ancestors. No grains, no refined foods, no fruit. This falls into the low carbohydrate category whether it wants to or not. This is popular among athletes, which tells you that you can still have plenty of energy without carbohydrates.

Tips

  • Take a day a week to eat whatever you want. You’ll reduce your insulin resistance, make sure your hormones are at the right levels, and actually lose a little bit more weight. Don’t worry about damaging your diet too much with this day, because after the first one you’ll learn your lesson about eating too unhealthy.
  • As a rule, avoid any white carbohydrate and any carbohydrate that can be white. This will help you decide whether or not you should have it.
  • Don’t buy foods that you shouldn’t eat, even if you plan on saving them for a future cheat day. If it is in the house, you will eat it. Simple as that.
  • Create a group of meals that you can eat on a regular basis. You probably eat breakfast alone, so make a good meal that has zero carbs and you can enjoy every day.

Why I Recommend It

It works. There are few things that work better than low carb diets. It is also one of the only things that I have ever managed to stick to. An addiction to carbohydrates is one of the most detrimental things to your weight loss. Cutting them out solves that, but it isn’t always easy.

This is a kind of diet that you can stick to for the rest of life if you like. Once you lose the weight you want, it can be pretty easy to gain it back, I know I’ve had that happen more times than I care to count. By sticking to a low carb diet, you can keep fat off and feel fantastic without ever having to deal with a strict diet again. In fact, you can even stop counting calories and not worry about it as long as you restrict your carbohydrates. Eat all of the healthy fats and protein you want. You won’t ever run into any problems.

3 Fast Diets That Work

Rapid weight loss is something that many people seek and many people fail to find. Fortunately, there are actually several options that are available today that can deliver serious results and won’t hurt your health.

The Bulletproof Diet, The Atkins Diet, and The 3 Day Diet will all give rapid results, with varying levels of difficulty, but take a look at all three before you make a decision. Chances are good that one of these will fit your needs and help you drop 5 or more pounds a week without even having to exercise. Read on for more information!

Bulletpoof Diet

Bulletproof-dietThe Bulletproof Diet was designed by Dave Asprey to help quickly lose weight and improve mental performance. It centers around a no carb diet similar to The Atkins Diet, but with a special addition.

The primary diet focuses on intermittent fasting, which only allows you to eat between 2 and 8 pm. When you are able to eat, you have to stick to fats and proteins. In order to quickly lose weight, however, Dave recommends a week of fat only to jump start your weight loss.

This is accomplished by drinking Bulletproof Coffee. This is simply two cups of coffee combined with 2 tablespoons of butter and 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil. This is a combination of healthy fats that will help your body sustain itself for hours, but it will also slow down the digestion of the caffeine, giving you a steady stream of energy that will last throughout the day.

For the week of rapid weight loss you will only be having Bulletproof Coffee. You can have as much butter and coconut oil as you need in order to feel full and you can lose as much as a pound a day this way.

Many find the reliance on butter and coconut oil to be less than ideal, but it is worth a shop for most. You can read more about it here.

The Atkins Diet

atkins-dietThe Atkins Diet was invented by a cardiologist and was one of the most popular diet plans for years. It relies on putting your body into ketosis and running off of fat, rather than carbohydrates. This isn’t as fast as the Bulletproof Diet, but it is easier to maintain on a long term basis.

20 grams of carbohydrates are all that you are allowed for the first two weeks to kickstart the weight loss and this usually means up to 10 pounds for most people. The important part is that these carbohydrates can only come in the form of vegetables, meaning no grains.

Once you make it through the tougher phases of the Atkins Diet you can add more carbohydrates, but when it comes to rapid weight loss, you should be avoiding them at all costs.

The 3 Day Diet

3-day-dietThe 3 Day Diet is still unknown to a lot of people, but it remains one of the most effective for many people. It is specifically designed for rapid weight-loss and is also referred to as the Cardiac Diet. In fact, hospital patients who need to rapidly drop pounds before heart surgery are put on this diet.

Some say that 10 pounds in these three days is possible, but mileage varies. It is unhealthy as a long term option due to the extremely low calorie count. If you need to drop some weight quickly, though, this is an excellent option that will let you go back to your normal diet afterwards, provided that you don’t eat too unhealthy. If you want to cycle this diet you can, but only after about a week of normal diet.

Basically, you are going to rely on lean meats, tuna, toast, vegetables, and grapefruit. You can use ketchup, salt, and pepper, but no other seasonings. Also make sure to drink as much water as you can!

Here is a sample plan to give you an idea:

  • Day 1
  • Breakfast: Black coffee, half a grapefruit, and 1 peace of toast with only 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Lunch: One half cup of tuna, one piece of toast, and one cup of black coffee
  • Dinner: One apple, one cup of carrots, one cup of green beans, and three ounces of any lean meat
  • Day 2
  • Breakfast: Black coffee, one egg, half a banana, and one piece of toast
  • Lunch: One cup of cottage cheese (or tuna), one piece of toast
  • Dinner: Two beef franks, one cup of cabbage, one half cup of carrots, and one half of a banana
  • Day 3
  • Breakfast: One cup black coffee, one ounce of cheddar cheese with 5 saltine crackers, and one apple
  • Lunch: One cup black coffee, one boiled egg, and one piece of toast with peanut butter
  • Dinner: one cup of carrots, one cup of melon, one cup of cauliflower, and one cup of tuna