February 24, 2023
Low Carb Diets: Can they help you lose weight?
There's a quick answer to the question, can a low-carb diet help you lose weight?
The quick answer is YES.
Truth is, lots of diets can help you lose weight in the short run, even those that are simply based on restricting calories.
But here's where the calorie-restrictive approach goes wrong, in the long run. The easiest way to cut calories is to cut fat, because fat is the most calorie-dense food. And that's why a lot of weight-loss professionals used to advise people to do just that: cut down on fat to lose weight.
But fat is also very satisfying. So what often happens when people cut down on fat is that they're left feeling hungry, and they eventually end up over-eating on the foods that are "allowed." Namely, carbs.
It's hard to satisfy your appetite with carbs. There's a potato-chip commercial with the tagline "Bet you can't eat just one," and it's based on the unfortunate truth that carbs like potato chips, breads, and sweets tend to rev-up your appetite rather than satisfy it. The more you eat, the more you want. Which is good for them, and not so good for you.
A low-carb diet, on the other hand, is quite satisfying. By focusing on protein, fat, and fiber, rather than carbs, you're much less likely to over-eat. And the best news is, when you're not eating carbs, your body has to turn to other sources for fuel. It turns to fat.
When a low-carb diet turns your body into a fat-burning machine, that means it'll burn your own fat — which is just what you want (and just what nature intended)!