One way to achieve rapid weight loss is through a low carbohydrate or no carbohydrate diet. What does this mean, exactly? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, a low carb diet is a diet that limits carbohydrates such as breads, grains, rice, starchy vegetables and fruit, but encourages the consumption of protein and fat.
While there are many types of low carbohydrate diets out there, two of the most popular are The Zone Diet and Atkins which you have probably heard of.
What are carbs? Carbohydrates are quite varied and can come from many different food sources. Carbs can be found in grains, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and legume. Legumes are beans and peas (including peanuts and cashews).
Carbohydrates can also be found in processed foods, things that contain sugar and sweets. These are the most harmful form of carbohydrates for your body. While carbohydrates serve as the body’s primary source of energy, you do not want too many of the ‘wrong’ carbs. These can turn into unwanted pounds quickly.
The low carbohydrate diet causes you to lose weight because it results in lower insulin levels in the
body. This basically means that sugar will be used for energy. When you decrease your carbs you will
have less insulin in your body. This will force your body to use stored fat for energy. That is what results
in less fat storage in your body and weight loss.
When you are on one of these low-carb diets, you will focus mainly on meat, poultry, fish, eggs and some vegetables, those considered ‘non-starchy’. The low-carb diet does not allow you to eat most grains, fruits, sweets, beans, breads, pastas and starchy vegetables. However, there are some low-carb diet plans that will allow you to eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains in moderation. If you are following a low-carb diet you will normally have to limit your carbs to 50 to 150 grams per day. This is one way to achieve rapid weight loss.