It is well known that low carb diets can be hard to follow. There are a lot of food items that are mainly carbohydrates and sometimes when you think of a low carb diet you can’t even picture a plate full of food. Obviously you will need to make changes but can you handle it? If you want to lose weight through this route you will have to learn to handle it.
The most popular low carb diets are the Atkins and the South Beach diet. They include mainly proteins and thus your body loses its reliance of the sugars that it receives from carbohydrate foods. Your insulin levels keep your blood sugar stable through the protein that is provided in your diet thus helping to curb cravings.
If you are going to embark on such a diet you have to be sure that you are ready to keep to it. In this diet if you were to start and reach mid diet and then decide to start including large amounts of carbohydrates again the effects would be detrimental. So once you decide to start this diet you have to remain focused and determined knowing that eating only protein won’t always be a walk in the park.Here are some effects of low carb diets:
You will lose weight in a healthy way. You will find that the first two or so weeks you will be losing water weight and then after that your body will start getting rid of fat by using your stored fat for energy since you will be low on carbs.
You will also find that there will be a change in your blood sugar, but not to worry as your body will get used to it after a little while. If you have diabetes your medications may need to be adjusted first so ensure that you consult with your doctor before you start any such diet.
After being on this diet for a little bit you will find that you start developing halitosis. This is because of the breakdown of food that is happening in your stomach. To combat this problem you can drink lots of water and consume leafy vegetables. You can also always have breath mints on hand.
Another annoying problem will be constipation. This is because when you are on a low carb diet, your intake of fibre will also be low. You can avoid this by taking some fibre supplements though such as those powders that can be sprinkled in your water, juice or tea.
These minor side effects are common but some persons may have other side effects. If after going on the diet you experience any side effects not mentioned here you should speak with your doctor about it.
Remember this is a low carb and not a NO carb diet. Our bodies need carbohydrates, but by lessening the amount we consume we are able to get rid of some of the weight as the body will then turn to fat to get energy. The small amount of carbs that you do eat should be whole grains and not the refined stuff.