A healthy diet is so important to your health. Your diet should be well balanced containing protein, fat, carbohydrates, and lots of vegetables. How do you choose a healthy diet that is right for you. We will explore this question in on this page.
The Pros and Cons of a Low Carbohydrate Diet
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, one of the first things suggested to you was to probably go on a low carbohydrate diet. In fact, cutting back on the carbs is one of the most popular ways to diet these days. Forget about fat. Nobody cares about sodium. It’s all about the evil carbohydrates and all the extra fat they’re making you store in your body.
All right, they’re not “evil.” But there is a lot of actual science behind doctors and other people telling you to cut back on the carbs. On the other hand, trying to go cold turkey isn’t a great idea either. So what gives?
There are many pros and cons that come with a low carb diet. Today we’re going to take a look at what those are and how they may affect our healthy lifestyle journey.
The Pros Of Cutting Back Carbs
Let’s start with the good reasons to cut back on the carbs. In fact, they’re quite numerous.
Fat Storing Machines:
Carbs tend to be what we call fat storing machines. They’re one of the most notorious ingredients that make sure our bodies horde plenty of fat. This is why bulking up on carbs is great if you’re trying to gain weight (like a weightlifter) or you’re malnourished.
Carbs help the body hang on to fat so we don’t starve. But if you’re living the average life where you have plenty of access to food choices, then this isn’t a huge concern for you.
The fact of the matter is, you don’t need anywhere near the amount of carbs you’re currently eating. Think about how many carbs you eat in a day. Noodles, bread, and rice… they are all staples in our diets, and yet we can’t seem to quit them. They’re too delicious and filling. This is why going on a low carb diet is considered very difficult for most people. We have a dependence on carbs that we can’t seem to get over.
Now think about those carbs you eat again. How many of them are “enriched?” This means a lot of junk has been added to your (usually white) carbs that offer no nutritional value and only serve to bloat you. Sure, they’re cheap and delicious. That’s why we eat them. But the last thing you need to be putting into your body while you’re on a diet is anything that offers no nutritional value and only makes you feel lethargic.
That’s another thing. Cutting back on the enriched carbs will give you more energy and make you more likely to get through your day without feeling sleepy, assuming you’re sleeping enough already. Most who start cutting out these fillers instantly notice that they have more energy in their everyday lives, especially if they’re replacing them with lean proteins, vegetables, and other good for you items.
So those are the pros of cutting carbs. as you can see, it will definitely benefit you, both by giving you more energy and helping you lose more fat. But what are the cons? Let’s take a look.
The Cons of Cutting Back Carbs
Believe it or not, it may be detrimental to you to cut back too many carbohydrates. Below are some of the bad things that may happen if you go too hard too fast.
Not Enough Energy:
Yes, we know that this contradicts what we just said above. But that had mostly to do with enriched carbs that bloat you. What we’re talking about now are the whole grain carbs that are chock full of nutrients that help you live. And give you a ton of energy.
Have you ever played sports, like maybe track or cross country? Even training for a marathon would teach you this next lesson. That lesson is that carbs give you a ton of energy. If you don’t get to eat very often, then loading up on carbs is usually a sure-fire way to make sure you get to stay fuller longer and have more energy.
Not everyone benefits from this, of course, but most do. Carbs are one of man’s greatest sources of energy, right up there with lean proteins. So before you decide to cut out all carbs, you need to make sure that you’re eating plenty of other energy sources to make up for it. This is especially true if you are an athlete of any kind. Even if you’re a daily runner, you still need to make sure you have a good replacement for the carbs you’re no longer ingesting.
Not Enough Fiber:
Aside from the leafy green veggies, carbs are a huge source of fiber. What does fiber do for you? It keeps your digestive system regular, meaning that your body is happy and running swimmingly. A lack of fiber can lead to constipation and general bad feelings.
So before you dump the carbs, make sure you’re eating plenty of green veggies to make up for the lack of fiber. You may even consider taking a fiber supplement. Really, it’s best to talk to your doctor or nutritionist about this. Lacking fiber is a huge issue for many, and you don’t want to think you’re doing something good for your body when really you’re blocking up a very important system in it.
At the end of the day, many people do see a huge difference when they start cutting the carbs. This difference is largely positive as long as they are making up for the energy and fiber loss. The pros are so big, in that you will lose fat faster and have more energy from cutting the enriched carbs.
Just remember, carbs do serve an important purpose. It’s not a simple matter of cutting them all out. Maybe start by switching to whole grains and then cutting back on those. You may discover that making that simple change doesn’t require going cold turkey on the carbs after all. Good luck!