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 Diet Plans that Work Fast

Everyone wants to lose weight more quickly. I was never satisfied with losing just 2 pounds a week and wanted the secret to fast weight loss. No one wants to wait a year to be at the weight they want to be at. There are options now that truly can help you lose the weight. You don’t have to try unproven gimmick diets anymore, I’m going to give you a few that I have tried and had success with. Don’t just take my word for it, though, these are diets that upwards of a million people have had huge successes with.

The Atkins Diet

atkinsI was wary of the Atkins diet for years because of the popularity of it. I figured, if this much money is spent on advertising, how effective can it be? Shouldn’t the results speak for themselves?

The truth of the matter is that the Atkins diet really is an effective regimen for losing weight quickly. For the first two weeks of the diet you are in an introductory phase that will have you only eating 10grams of carbohydrates a day. All of those will come from vegetables and quickly put your body into a ketogenic state that will have you burning fat rather than relying on carbohydrates.

After that phase, you will add more carbohydrates each week until you start gaining weight again. For those two weeks, though, you will rapidly lose weight and see incredible results. I dropped 10 pounds in those first two weeks.

The BulletProof Diet

Bulletproof-dietDave Asprey created the Bulletproof Diet and it is one diet that absolutely blew my mind with both the results and other benefits. With the extreme version of the diet that I’m going to show you it is possible to lose almost 10 pounds a week! It won’t be easy for everyone, though.

For two weeks, you will be having Bulletproof coffee, and nothing else. Bulletproof coffee consists of blending two cups of strong black coffee with two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of butter. Stick with me. This cup of healthy fats will keep you full and energetic, despite not having any other nutrients. The caffeine will also boost your metabolism for six hours, since the fats slow the absorption. Having two cups a day will make sure that your body is in a ketogenic state similar to the Atkins diet, but in a much more intense way.

After that period, if you like, you can continue to have Bulletproof coffee for breakfast and then eat regular food between 2 and 8pm. During that time you should avoid carbohydrates, though, and eat as much fat and protein as you like.

The benefit of this diet isn’t just rapid weight loss, though. A ketogenic diet like this is going to keep your mind clear and focused throughout the day. It is even being tested as a way to help Alzheimer’s patients. I used this diet and finally got the motivation to take care of my work in a way that I was never capable of before.

Raw Food Cleanse

raw-food-cleanseRaw food is becoming much more popular. I felt amazing after doing a week long cleanse with raw food, although many have a hard time sticking to it the results are worth it.

Cooking destroys a lot of the nutrients that are in food. Eating fruits and vegetables in their natural, raw state makes sure that you get all of the benefits that you possibly can. Smoothies, juices, soups, and salads will be your daily life for the next week.

It takes effort to make it through. Plan out a week of meals and buy everything that you are going to need. Make sure that you have a good blender to make smoothies and shakes with. A juicer is ideal, but many people don’t have access to one.

For example, a kale shake with various other leafy vegetables will give you much more energy in the morning than a cup of coffee would

The problem is that you start craving food a couple of days in. Even if you are getting plenty of nutrients, your mind still tells you that you just need a Coke, a candy bar, or a large portion of of beef. For a lot of people, that is why this kind of diet isn’t possible on the long term. A cleanse like this will help to remove toxins from your body, drop up to 10 pounds of fat, and feel better than ever. Even if you go back to your normal diet, you will feel great for a while now that your body is rejuvenated.

Which One?

The one you choose is going to depend on how much self control you have. Any fast diet is going to have a lot of restrictions, but some of these are extreme if you are used to eating loads of refined sugars and junk food. Take a look at your life and the way you eat. Any choice will help you a lot, but you have to pick the one that will fit the best with your life or else you will never stick with it.

 

Weight Loss Diets for Men – Which one will you Choose?

As a man, you have a lot of emphasis placed on the way that you look. In most cases, this is going to mean that you probably want to get rid of that beer belly that you’ve been hanging onto for the past few years, or more. There are all kinds of diets floating around the internet and it’s hard to know just what you’re looking at. I’ve tried a couple of the diets that I am going to show you, but as a man, there are extra benefits that you are going to get from these kinds of protocols.

The Bulletproof Diet

Bulletproof-dietWhen it comes to angry responses on the internet, very few diets are more associated with them than the Bulletproof Diet from Dave Asprey. The diet centers around the combined use of Bulletproof Coffee and a paleo like diet.

Bulletproof coffee is a blend of coffee, grass fed butter, and coconut oil. This combination supplies your body with healthy fats for fuel, a steady stream of caffeine, and an incredible amount of focus. Stay with me, I was wary of that idea at first. You then eat only between 2pm and 8pm. During that time you can eat as much protein and fat as you like, but should avoid any processed carbohydrates. You will create a ketogenic state that tells your body to run off of fat rather than carbohydrates. Listen, I know you’ll be hungry when you wake up in the morning, that is what the cup of fat is for when you have your coffee.

If you attempt to only have bulletproof coffee and fast the rest of the time, you can jumpstart it and lose up to 1 pound a day in some cases! In general, though, you can expect to lose 2-3 pounds a week, optimize your hormones, and build muscle without the risk of adding fat as well.

The Paleo Diet

Paleo-DietWhen it comes to manly diets, the Paleo diet is the one that usually comes to mind. What is more masculine than going back to the diet that a caveman would have had? Back before Cheerios and Coca Cola, men were tall, athletic, and muscular. My, my how times have changed!

When you get started with the Paleo diet you will completely get rid of any sugar in your diet. No sugar, no grains, no processed foods.

Here is what you can eat:

Meat: All grass fed – Chicken, turkey, beef, wild fish, duck

Eggs

Vegetables: Any vegetable that isn’t fried

Oils: Olive, coconut, avocado

Fruit: Any fruit is OK, but you should still limit them since they contain sugar.

Nuts: Almonds, peanuts,Brazil nuts

You can eat as much of any of these foods as you like. Without any foods to turn to fat, you can eat all you want and not worry about gaining weight. In fact, this is perfect if you are trying to build muscle, but would rather not pack on fat as well.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is similar to the Bulletproof Diet. Personally, I have had a hard time with intermittent fasting, but many men find that this yields some almost unbelievable results. Take a look at these different IF protocols:

  • Leangains: For many men, Leangains is a godsend. This is designed specifically for muscle building workouts and can help you bulk up without getting fat. The idea is to fast for 16 hours a day. Nothing but coffee, tea, and other zero calorie beverages. During your 8 hour eating window you can eat as much protein as possible, but on days that you workout you can add carbohydrates. Those carbohydrates are replaced with healthy fats on the off days. You will also eat immeweightloss-diets-for-mendiately after your workout, a meal which should makeup 50% of your entire daily intake.
  • Eat Stop Eat: Eat Stop Eat is a great option for people who eat a healthy diet, but want to have some of the benefits of IF. One day a week, a day that you don’t workout or do too much physical activity, you will fast for 24 hours. If you eat your last meal at 8pm, you cannot eat until the following day at 8pm. I recommend having your meal later in the day because going to sleep hungry can be a nightmare. This will give you a lot of the benefits, but without having to stick to a rigid schedule throughout the week.
  • The Warrior Diet: This is the manliest of the manly. Back in the early days of man, you had to hunt all day in the hopes of a dinner that included some protein. That is what you are going to replicate here. One massive meal at the end of the day. You’ll have a 3 hour window to eat, if you like, though. A small amount of fruits and veggies throughout the day can get you through, but the only time you have any real sustenance should be at your end of the day meal. Lots of protein, lots of nutrients.

Choosing One

Choosing the best diet for you is up to you alone. None of these options are bad for men and really it all comes down to your daily schedule. Choose one that works around your own needs and stick to it. If you stay on one of these diets, I can assure you that fat will start falling off and you will feel stronger than ever.