You Will Burn Fat Much Easier

You Will Burn Fat Much Easier

A low-carb diet isn’t just about weight loss, it is also supposed to improve your health.

For this reason, it should be based on real, unprocessed foods and healthy carb sources.

So-called “low carb junk foods” are a bad choice.

If you want to improve your health, then choose unprocessed foods: meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, avocados, healthy fats and full-fat dairy products.

Choose carbohydrate sources that include fiber. If you prefer a “moderate” carb intake then try to choose unrefined starch sources like potatoes, sweet potatoes, oats and brown rice.

Added sugar and refined wheat are always bad options and should be limited or avoided.

For more details on specific foods to eat, check out this list of low carb foods and this detailed low-carb meal plan and sample menu.

SUMMARY:
It is very important to choose healthy, fiber-rich carb sources. There is room for plenty of vegetables, even at the lowest level of carb intake.

You Will Burn Fat Much Easier
Low-carb diets greatly reduce your blood levels of insulin, a hormone that brings the glucose (from carbs) into cells.

One of the functions of insulin is to store fat. Many experts believe that the reason low-carb diets work so well, is that they reduce your levels of this hormone.

Another thing that insulin does is to tell the kidneys to store sodium. This is the reason high-carb diets can cause excess water retention.

When you cut carbs, you reduce insulin and your kidneys start shedding excess water (9Trusted Source, 10).

It is common for people to lose a lot of water weight in the first few days on a low-carb diet, up to 5-10 pounds.

Weight loss will slow down after the first week, but this time the fat will be coming from your fat stores.

One study compared low-carb and low-fat diets and used DEXA scanners (very accurate) to measure body composition. The low-carb dieters lost significant amounts of body fat and gained muscle at the same time (11Trusted Source).

Studies also show that low-carb diets are particularly effective at reducing the fat in your abdominal cavity (belly fat), which is the most dangerous fat of all and strongly associated with many diseases (12Trusted Source).

If you’re new to low-carb eating, you will probably need to go through an adaptation phase where your body is getting used to burning fat instead of carbs.

This is called the “low-carb flu” and is usually over within a few days. After this initial phase is over, many people report having more energy than before, with no “afternoon dips” in energy that are common on high-carb diets.

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