If you are considering changing your diet, it is always important to speak to your doctor or a professional nutritionist before you do so. This article will go over a few things about what a low carb diet is, what you can expect and possibly help you decide if it's something you'd like to discuss with a professional.
What is a low carb diet? A low carb diet is a diet that limits your intake of carbohydrates such as starchy vegetables, breads, pastas and sugars. You'd think that you could incorporate fruit in your diet, but unfortunately it doesn't matter where the sugar comes from, all sugar is high in carbs.
A low carb diet can prove beneficial to your health! "Studies show that low carb diets can result in weight loss and improved health markers."
So what can you eat on a low-carb diet? Sticking to whole foods is best when attempting a low-carb diet. Eating leafy green vegetables should be where you attain the amount of carbs you are allowed. Other foods you can incorporate into your diet are meats, fish, eggs, cheeses, and healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil and nuts.
How many carbs are you allowed to take? It really depends on you as an individual. Some diets range between 50 to 130 grams of carbs. Remember fiber plays an important role as it cancels out some of the carbs you take.
When changing your diet, there are always some side effects and the low carb diet is not an exception. Luckily they are short-lived! Some side effects from switching to a low carb diet are:
- bad breath
- change in mood
- changes in bowel movements
Low carb diets have many benefits such as weight loss, can help those who have or at risk of diabetes, and may lower bad cholesterol, but this diet is not for everyone. That is why it is important to talk to a professional be it your doctor or nutritionist so you can find out if it is best for you and what you can expect and whether this is a long or short term diet as well.