What are the health benefits of a low carb diet?

Low carb eating results in weight loss, which can be very dramatic and very quick. Eating low carb eliminates those pesky out of control cravings, stabilizes blood sugar and consequently the appetite, and research has shown that reducing carbohydrate consumption and replacing them with protein and healthy fats results in reducing overall calorie consumption naturally and without starvation.

Needless to say, the side effects of this are quite impressive as obesity is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, reduced quality of life, belly fat, joint problems, autoimmune disease, and premature death.

Reduction in visceral fat – Research has shown that a low carb diet can help to reduce levels of visceral fat specifically rather than the superficial subcutaneous fat.

Stabilizes blood sugars to possibly prevent and manage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Since low carb, eating eliminates insulin triggers, (sugars and starches) it is the diet of choice for those with prediabetes or those already diagnosed.

While a lot of research into low carb eating as it pertains to treating or preventing disease is far from conclusive, a low carb diet certainly results in weight loss and is especially important in regards to metabolic and insulin-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and other metabolic syndrome conditions.

Maintain healthy blood pressure

May lower risks for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke

The Ketogenic diet is used to treat several types of cancer and to slow the growth of tumors

 

The Ketogenic diet is also used to treat traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and polycystic ovary syndrome

Eating less sugar and lowering insulin levels can help improve acne

Many people report simply feeling better, including feeling less bloated, and having more energy than when they a high carb diet.

There are plenty of great choices, recipes, and combinations of low carb meals and foods.

·         Turkey, chicken, red meat, ham, sausage, bacon, organ meat and exotic fowl

·         Fish and seafood

·         Eggs

·         All non-starchy vegetables, including, leafy greens, onions, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, olives, etc.

·         Butter, heavy cream, full fat sour cream and salad dressings (check labels for carb count)

·         Whole full fat unprocessed cheeses, including, cheddar gouda, mozzarella, parmesan and blue cheese in moderation

·         Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, nut butters, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds in moderation

·         Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil

·         Avocados (whole or guacamole made from fresh whole avocados)

·         Salt, herbs and spices

·         No carb sauces like some hot sauce brands, and soy sauce, check labels.

·         Berries in moderation

·         Drinks: water, unsweetened tea, unsweetened coffee, club soda, no-calorie flavored seltzers, diet soda (be cautious as artificial sweeteners can affect low carb weight loss), herbal tea without added barley or fruit sugars.

     So as you can see a low carb lifestyle has many benefits, so why not give it a try. Sign up for our free 1 Minute Weight Loss newsletter and start reaping the benefits of good health.


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