Should you do a low carb diet to lose weight?
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I remember googling this a million times when I wanted to lose weight: “Low carb diet“. Why? – Because I kept hearing: “Carbs are bad for you. Carbs are bad for you. Carbs are bad for you.” How many of you guys have heard this too? – I know that you have.
Not All Carbs Are Created Equal
I fell into the belief that carbs were the devil, like: “stay away from them”, but the truth is that not all carbs are created equal. There’s a difference between simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs spike your insulin. They make your body go crazy. Those are like candies and Oreos and most regular pastas and white breads. Your body can’t use it as fuel.
Complex carbs, on the other hand, your body uses them as fuel. Your body takes them in, absorbs them, and uses them to operate efficiently. I’m talking like sweet potatoes, brown rice, all of your vegetables, and beans. Food that that your body actually uses.
In the beginning, I went without carbs for what felt like forever. I think it was actually 24 weeks without carbs. I’m getting groggy just thinking about it now. Those of you who’ve ever done low carb diets or you’re doing one now, know exactly what I’m talking about. You can barely think straight. You have no energy. You’re tired all the time.
I did this for so long. I would only have like a half cup of rice or a half cup of oatmeal, one time a week. Then, every other day besides that, my carb level was under 15 grams of carbs per day. That’s like super, super low. My brain stopped operating right. I couldn’t even remember my phone number. I could barely spell my name. I couldn’t remember my address or where I was going or what I was doing. It was just so foggy in my mind that I was inefficient in life.
I got to my breaking point. I still remember I was laying on the couch watching Spongebob and eating sugar free Jello at night — because. of course, no carbs — I was just like: “I feel sick and I feel tired. I want to lose weight, but I don’t want to feel like this all the time.”
I thought eating less carb would make me healthier and make me feel better. When you are “healthy” you’re supposed to have energy. You’re supposed to feel good. That’s not how I was feeling. So, I decided to start putting carbs back in.
This is when I did all the research on complex carbs vs simple carbs. I started to put carbs back in my diet. I started to just eat a little bit of oatmeal in the mornings and some sweet potatoes. That’s all I was adding in.
Then, all of a sudden, I just started gaining this mass amount of weight back. My body wasn’t used to having the carbs anymore. It thought it was in starvation mode, so as soon as I started giving it the carbs that it needed to operate, it started storing all of it. My body was probably thinking: “Oh my gosh. We don’t know the next time that we’re going to get this. Store it! Store it! Store it! Store it!” It probably thought it would have to go another 24 weeks without it. Needless to say, I gained about 40 pounds in six weeks, and everyone thought I was pregnant. There’s nothing worse than someone being like: “Oh, are you pregnant?” You’re like: “No. I just gained like a lot of weight in a little bit of time.”
You Can’t Trick Your Body
Just know that you can’t trick your body. Your body needs what it needs and it will do whatever it takes to get it, and then keep it if you try to take it away. Keep complex carbs in your diet. Keep healthy fats in your diet. Keep lean proteins in your diet. Have all your vegetables. Have all of those things because your body needs them to operate efficiently. Our goal is to lose weight, to be healthy, to have energy, and to have all those things together. When you start to take shortcuts, and go around the weight loss instead of straight through it, you will find that your body doesn’t like it. It will overcompensate big time.
Don’t do the no carb diets. Don’t do the low carb diets. Carbs are great for you. Your body needs them. It just needs the right type of carbs. Go look up a list of complex carbs. Keep them in your diet. They’re going to help you feel good, increase your energy, and help you think sharply. Don’t listen to all this crap that you hear out there about low carb & no carb diets. Carbs are good. They are your friends!
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With LOVE, always