Low-Carb Diet: The Fad Diet?
Although the Low-Carb Diet has been used since the 19th century to help treat obesity, overweight, and other associated conditions, it has recently returned to the media spotlight.
And it is interesting to note how one of the first written records on the subject – William Banting’s Letter On Corpulence ( Low Carb Breakfast Recipes: 100 Low Carb Breakfast Recipes for Successful Weight Loss in 2 Weeks (Volume 1) ) – was published in 1864, more than a hundred years before current dietary guidelines took shape.
It is also curious to see how this mode of eating became relatively “unpopular” (not that it was not followed – but because it was not the focus of attention) until Dr. Robert Atkins wrote his famous book, The Revolutionary Diet of Dr. Atkins, in 1972.
However, after this publication – which was quite controversial at the time – there were many other diets that attack “conventional” knowledge, such as the Paleo Diets, the Primal Diet, the Ketogenic Diet, the South Beach Diet (which is incredibly similar to the Atkins Diet), among others…
And most of them focused on the same point:
stop eating so many refined carbohydrates.
Added to this is the evidence observed by Weston Price, a dentist who traveled the world documenting the eating habits of entire populations.
And what he noticed was something frightening.
He saw that several populations, previously isolated and without access to processed foods, did not have high levels of incidence of chronic diseases in the Western world – such as diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cavities, and more.
However, after changing their traditional diets to a typical Western diet, rich in processed carbohydrates, they began to suffer from these same ailments.
And I bring this point up because he makes it clear that the way of feeding these populations was anything but “fashionable”.
In fact, their case was quite the opposite: they had been feeding the same way for thousands of years. They followed the exact diet of their ancestors – a more natural and healthier diet.
And, coincidentally or not, this diet tended to be low-carb – or, as we currently call it, a low-carb diet.
But what is a low-carb diet?
There is no consensus or 100% clear definition of what a low-carb diet would be.
Literally translated, a Low-Carb diet is a diet with some kind of restriction or containment in the number of carbohydrates ingested. However, the question may be more subtle than it sounds.
Some diets famous for helping thousands of people lose weight and deal with insulin problems are the Atkins Diet, Paleo Low-Carb Diet, Ketogenic Diet, and Slow Carb Diet.
And despite their differences, one thing all these diets have in common is that they restrict carbohydrate intake to some extent.
However, how much and how carbohydrates to eat, and from which sources to eat, are controversial and distinct points between them – and we will cover them in a few moments.
Before that, let’s try to answer one more question:
why would anyone go on a Low-Carb diet?
Basically, we can say that people are increasingly adopting the low-carb diet because they adapt to it.
And the two main goals that a low-carb diet helps to achieve (because they are the two most sought after by those who start this style of eating) are:
- Treat/cure chronic diseases such as diabetes and liver fat.
- Lose weight with health.
In addition to fulfilling these two goals, the low-carb diet has several ancillary benefits, such as improved insulin sensitivity, and greater satiety (ie, it’s a diet where you don’t go hungry ), for example.
So right now, if you’re someone who wants to live a fuller, healthier life, you might be interested in understanding why the low-carb diet helps prevent and treat killer diseases like diabetes and fatty liver. in the liver).
So I suggest that you take a few minutes to read about how food can be used to treat (and even, in some cases, reverse) these illnesses.
However, if your interest is to lose weight with a low-carb diet, then I suggest you keep reading.
Because we’re going to cover this subject in depth now, and by the time you’ve finished reading this text, you’ll be able to understand exactly which low-carb diet might work best for you, and how it will help you lose weight and never get fat again.
How the Low-Carb Diet Helps You Lose Weight
[If you’re already familiar with low-carb diets, you can skip this section and go straight to the strands. If not, you’ll love to know why Low-Carb Diets work so well for weight loss.]
As I said earlier, a big reason why low-carb diets work for weight loss is that you have satiety in your diet, not starvation.
This surprises most people because they associate diet with controlling portions and starving. And this misunderstanding is not their fault!
After all, we’ve always heard that it’s necessary to eat fewer calories and exercise like crazy to lose weight.
But the truth is, you don’t have to and shouldn’t starve yourself on the diet.
On the contrary, low-carb diets encourage you to always eat until satiety.
Then, when you’re hungry, eat again. And if you’re not hungry, don’t eat.
Simple as that, no restricted intervals (like the nonsense of eating every 3 hours ) and no hunger – just listen to what your body says.
Being “full” will be paramount, as this will give you much less reason to eat junk food between meals. (And it helps you avoid eating useless calories that you would put in when you felt that untimely hunger.)
Also, not starving yourself is psychologically important too – after all, how long can you stay on a diet where you’re hungry all the time?
Probably not much. You can even slim down a little, but in a way that isn’t sustainable.
Then you go back to eating a little more and getting fat all over again in a short period of time (not least because restricting calories too much will certainly lower your metabolism, that is, you will enter the dreaded accordion effect).
So, be aware that eating too little is one of the most common mistakes in low-carb starters.
So eat a lot, always until you are full!
And get away from the idea of counting calories – let low-carb eating take care of it for you.
But satiety isn’t just caused because you can eat as much as you like, but because of the permitted and prohibited foods in low-carb diets.
That’s because at any low-carb the focus is on eating less processed foods, less wheat flour, and less refined sugar.
This is part of the process of reducing carbohydrates (which are macronutrients quickly digested by our body and not giving you satiety for a long time) and which raise blood glucose levels.
At the same time, the consumption of fats and proteins is encouraged, and these macronutrients provide great satiety, as mentioned above.
The idea is that you are not afraid of real food, that is: eat chicken with skin, meat with fat, and egg with the yolk.
Your body, over time, will learn to get energy from the fats in food, no longer storing it in your adipose tissue and burning it as energy.
In cases of extreme carbohydrate restrictions (less than 10% of daily calories), your body even goes into a state called ketosis, which provides great fat burning and is able to improve even clinical conditions such as epilepsy – we talk more about ketosis here.
Remember we said it was important for you to do like Warren Buffet and choose a diet based on the right principles and fundamentals?
Clearly, a low-carb diet meets these requirements.
However, we cannot forget the other success factor of Buffett as an investor: always adopting great consistency in his actions.