Low-carb diets have been much on the collective mind ever since the South Beach Diet made its grand entrance decades ago. The apparent success of cutting out carbohydrates may be misleading, though. Any conscientious approach to eating, such as a low-carb diet, is likely to result in weight loss simply because now you’re tracking your food intake. However, that doesn’t mean carbs were the culprit. Here’s a better way to think about carbs.
Not All Carbs Act the Same Way in Your Body
A knee-jerk “no carbs!” response is unlikely to be that effective, simply because some carbs are better than others. The processed flour in a donut will cause an immediate blood sugar spike; the fiber in apples will regulate blood sugar. Yet both donuts and apples are carbs. The takeaway: They shouldn’t be lumped together in your eating plan.
Plus, some people may not be able to get away with avoiding certain macronutrients. Depending on your metabolism and your needs, you may feel hungry all the time if you try to live without them. The best approach is experimentation, where you see what you can give up (say, bread and potatoes) and try to stay full on “better” carbs (squash and apples).
Counting Carbs Isn’t Everything
No matter how carefully you restrict your carbs, you may still be unable to lose certain areas, such as unwanted belly fat. This is partially due to the fact that if your overall caloric intake is still high, fewer carbs may not do much. For instance, if you eat massive portions of butter and steak when you go out for Italian, skipping bread loses its effectiveness.
It’s also partially due to your body’s physical makeup. Once you’ve gained and lost pounds a few times, or carried them for a while, no diet may be enough to shed the flab … and that’s normal.
A Better Alternative to Low Carbs
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