I eat low carb. Currently I am struggling a bit,but overall, I am still down 140 lbs. I lose very rapidly on low carb, and tend to get run down, so I then try to up carbs to slow down weight loss, and end up cheating. In that regard, it can be a challenging diet to do.
For people who are losing at the same pace as a regular diet ( 1-2 lbs. a week ), this would not be an issue. I am still working on finding a balance. Of course, I would rather struggle at 140 lbs. lighter. So not much to complain about. It is just more work for me. I think I am more sensitive to low carb because I am diabetic, and low carb manages blood sugars. I have been off all my diabetes meds for 41 months now.
While I do believe that low carb is harder to follow at times, and not the best option for everyone, I do believe cutting out certain foods, and limiting carbs in general is beneficial. Obviously, you start with the carbs our dietitian pointed out. No one should eat those. However, as a diabetic, I used to take my blood sugars daily, and I tested the foods I ate vs. my blood sugar readings. What I found, was that foods higher on the glycemic index made my blood sugars go past 300 ( normal is 70-120 ). These were bread, cereal, pasta etc., but also some veggies.. like potatoes, lima beans, beets, carrots, and peas, as well as milk. In my body they spike my blood sugars. In a healthy body at 120-130, the body releases Insulin, and removes this overload of glucose, as it is supposed to do. Unfortunately, as blood sugars plummet, you feel hungry again, which is why lots of carbs cause overeating.
It is why SP recommends a balance diet. I have to give them that. However, they push healthy carbs so much, that people associate carbs as healthy, and you see people eliminating fat and protein sources, and eating mainly carbs. This isn't them following SP's advice, but it is what is happening in America. People pick out tidbits of information, and construct a diet from them.
So we have an obesity epidemic, and when people try to eat healthy, they think of carbs mostly. The problem is that the carbs we reach for are not that healthy. We have sweets, and processed foods in almost every aisle of the store. People think smoothies are healthy, when all it does is spike your blood sugars.
Low carb came along as a " corrective " diet. It was meant to fix the problem we had from eating this way. First of all, if you feel hungry, getting into ketosis will end that, and this by itself can cause many people to achieve a healthy weight. Since we aren't hungry, we eat less. Of course, this only works early in life, and if we taught children to eat the proper foods, then Becky Hand's scenario would work very well. We could reduce our carbs to just the healthy ones, and enjoy more of them. Once you start bingeing, or develop an addiction to certain foods, that doesn't work for most people.
That is when low carb is most effective. Like all diets, it isn't for everyone. If you have 15 lbs to lose, you can probably do it by reducing unhealthy carbs, For me, low carb IS a healthy eating plan that I enjoy the foods and can stick to for the rest of my life.
One thing I do find interesting about our dietitian's post is her statement " Many who use a low carb approach also regain the weight because they have not "learned" to control the typical environment which does include many carb type foods. ".
They regain weight because they start eating a normal diet which does include many carb type foods. The opposite of that is controlling your environment, which is exactly what low carb is. The idea that we shouldn't eat low carb ( which works ), is that we will regain the weight because junk food is all around us. The other option is for us to continue eating carbs, and hope we can control our hunger. Since it is the carbs that caused the hunger, how can we control it? Think of the last time you overate, and what it was. If it was carbs, like pizza, pasta, burgers, subs, etc., ask yourself why you didn't stop when full?
I agree with a lot on SP, like that sweets are a problem, and reducing them can help.. I just carried that idea out farther. I think other carbs are also a problem, not just sweets, and I also believe that at a certain point a small reduction in carbs is not enough. If your system is out of whack, you have to correct that, and how far out of whack it is, determines how extreme the correction is. Low carb is extreme, but the food is tasty, and when you are on plan, you are never hungry. Yes, with one cheat, you can open up the possibility of gaining back weight, but as evidenced by most of America, the average person isn't re-gaining weight.. THEY NEVER LOST ANY. The argument that low carb is not that great because I lost 160 lbs, and gained back 20 is ridiculous.
If you are thinking of doing low carb, I would recommend some reading on the subject first. You may decide to not do it after reading what it entails. I would recommend Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, but mainly because I follow that diet. However, the first chapter that asked " Is this you? " sold me on the idea. It described me perfectly. The first thing you need to do is find out if you think carbs are a problem for you, and whether you can stick to the food on the diet. Like I said before, it isn't for everyone. I will assume that you tried eating the way our dietitian recommended, and failed. If not, you might want to give that a serious try. This is not about low carb vs. the world. Whatever works to get you to a healthy weight is great. If you have exhausted other options though, low carb just may be the answer.
"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "
- Albert Einstein
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
- Henry Ford
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