The Benefits of a Low Carb Diet

Made popular by Dr. Robert Atkins, a low-carb or no-carb diet has been a weight loss strategy employed by many. At its core, this diet is one that is mainly made up of foods high in protein in fat and negates the intake of sugars.

There are two different kinds of carbohydrates: Simple and complex. Simple carbs are made up of only 1-2 molecules and is known as glucose. They are referred to as simple because they are fast and easy for the digestive system to break down. Examples are, table sugar, regular soda, cakes and cookies, breads and concentrated fruit juices.

Complex carbs are most commonly known as whole grains and are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. These carbs are slower to digest and keep the digestive tract clean and healthy. Some examples are, vegetables, whole grain oats, legumes and quinoa.

Limiting carbohydrates from your diet has proven to be strongly effective when it comes to weight loss and managing/maintaining weight. What's most important is finding the right balance for you and what is in line with your goals.

Here are some benefits of a diet low in carbohydrates:

  • Easy way to cut out overall calorie intake Since carbs tend to be high in calories, eliminating how many consumed will contribute to a strong deficit and therefore a loss of weight. Removing sugary drinks and sugary snacks from your diet is a fast way to reduce your daily calorie limit by the recommended 500 calorie a day goal. A couple sodas, a few cookies and other misc. foods add up.

  • Avoiding diseases It is well-known that too much sugar causes inflammation, increases blood pressure and blood sugar levels and can lead to health complications such as Type II Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Less sugar keeps your immune system strong.

  • Better cognitive function Too much sugar also has a strong effect on the brain. Sugar is addictive and that can lead to cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. It also contributes to anxiety, fatigue and irritability. Without the added stress triggered by sugar your body will have an easier time maintaining its proper functions.

  • Better digestion Bad bacteria in the gut feeds on simple sugars. This is often what causes gas and bloating. Studies have shown that those who suffer from IBS saw a great reduction of symptoms when lowering their intake of simple carbohydrates and consumed a healthy amount of complex carbs. The fiber in complex carbs are especially beneficial to gut health.

For most, the best course of action is to lessen, or eliminate, the intake of simple carbohydrates and manage better portion control of complex carbs. If this sounds difficult to do there are supplements that can help. CarbManager, sold at the Rochester Holistic Center, contains high performing ingredients which are designed to help reduce the digestion of starches and absorption of glucose while improving the overall digestion of protein-containing foods.

Revamping your diet and lifestyle can be challenging, but it's not something you have to do alone. There is support available and people who want to help you succeed at reaching your goals and live your best life.