Explaination of the reasons behind low carb diets
Carbs are not that bad. Again, when I mean carbs I mean bread, rice, pasta, corn, potatoes, fruit and tortillas. What’s the big deal with carbs being so evil nowadays? Without getting into a long rant, think of carbs as a primary fuel. Your body wants to use carbs for energy whenever possible (with some exceptions . When you’re not physically active enough, guess what your body does with carbs? It stores it as fat if there is a caloric surplus.
Is it possible to lose weight while eating startchy carbs like rice and bread? Yes it is possible, just as long you maintain a caloric deficit. If you don’t know how many calories you need to eat to lower your body fat percent quickly, you should check out my calorie burn calculator to figure what it should be.
When you’re trying to lower your body fat percentage and lose weight, it helps to get fast results to keep you motivated. Low carb really helps to do this. If you have a goal to get down to 10 percent body fat as fast as possible, then using low carb as part of your nutrition planning will help a lot.
Here are 5 reason Low Carb Diets are the best for lowering body fat percent
1.) Protein has a very high satisfaction value. When you eat protein, like lean meats and fish, your body get really full. If you focus on eating less carbs, your only choices are protein and fat. This will lead eating less calories and make it easier for you to get to a low body fat percent.
2.) Less muscle loss. When you’re on a traditional diet of high carb, low fat, your body will be much better as using fat as an energy source. Remember what I said about your body wanting to use carbs as the main fuel? Well, if there is not enough your body will try to reserve what’s left for brain function and then it will try to tap into fat stores. If you do this regularly, your body can get pretty good at burning fat as a fuel.
3.) Protein has difficulty being converted into fat. The whole reason why you need to eat is so that you can store the energy to be used later. You’ll seldom be able to burn calories as fast as you eat them. The body is constantly managing energy reserves based on food intake and physical demands. It will always look for carbs then fat for energy. It doesn’t like using protein because it’s highly inefficient. In many circumstances, your body would waste energy converting protein into energy, so it will try not to. (This is slightly oversimplified because the body is much more complex) Does that mean you can eat unlimited amounts of rib eye steak and prime rib? Probably not. A Rib Eye Steak has 230 calories for every 3 ounces. It has 16 grams of fat, which means that 144 calories comes from fat. 86 calories come from protein.
Remember you can over eat anything. So pay attention!
4.) Stay on track with calories easier because of less need to snack. When you’re eating carbs regularly, blood sugar levels can vary. If you eat too much carbs in a single sitting you can get spike and crash. So needless to say, you can get a lot of energy fluctuation easily if you skip a meal or snack. When on low carb, you don’t have to worry about that because your blood sugar and insulin remain low.
5.) Burn Fat All Day Long. Low carb diets keep insulin levels low. Insulin will cause your fat stores to grow or at least they negatively impact your body’s ability to use fat as energy.
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