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Low Carb Dieting For Successful Weight Loss
Low Carb dieting has become fashionable in recent years especially with the
publication of the Atkins diet. Losing weight is a goal for so many people and
everybody is looking for the quick and easy way to lose weight. Some people do
not need to lose weight at all but still get stressed over a couple of pounds.
Others need to lose for medical reasons and may have one hundred pounds or
more that they want to shed.
There are many different diets out there including low carbohydrate diets and
the truth is that most of them will achieve weight loss if they are followed
correctly. This does not mean always doing what the diet says every moment of
every day. What is more important is how you deal with the inevitable occasion
when you eat too much or feast on foods that are not on the plan. If you can
write this off and return to the plan without giving yourself a hard time, you
are likely to succeed. Everybody has those days - the important thing is to let
them go and accept them as just another step on the road to permanent weight
It is also important to find a diet that you can easily follow. Low carb diets
suit many people because the rules are quite simple. As the name suggests, the
diet consists of avoiding or limiting foods that are high in carbohydrates.
These include bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and other grains. Sugar is also a
carbohydrate. Once you understand what these foods are, it is a simple matter
to choose dishes that avoid them.
Most criticism of low carbohydrate dieting is based on the fact that the
dieters will get most of their daily calories from meat, dairy and other high fat
products. This can lead to high cholesterol and other problems related to a high
intake of saturated fats. Medical advice is advised before starting this type
of diet. Sometimes weight loss is good in the early stages but people cannot
handle the restrictions in the longer term and start to deviate from the diet.
One of the problems that many people have with low carb dieting is the
elimination of bread and pasta. No more toast, spaghetti or pizza! Many of the
foods that are quickest to prepare are based around carbohydrates - burgers
in their buns, fries, sandwiches, pasta and sauce. Beer and other alcoholic
drinks are high in carbs too. It is true that alcohol is generally restricted on
any diet, because it is high in calories and very low in nutritional value, but low
carb diets put particular emphasis on this.
Still there are many foods that can be enjoyed on a low carb diet. If you are
fond of meat you will relish the opportunity to consume beef, chicken and other
animal products. The popularity of these diets is clear from the length of time
that they stay on the bestseller lists. It is just a matter of what suits you. Low
carb dieting works for many people.
1. It is never a good idea to eat huge quantities of one type of food, especially
fruits. A lot of foods contain substances that can be damaging if consumed to
excess. For example, the acid in grapefruit and pineapple can damage your
stomach lining. Other foods put an excessive burden on the liver or may cause
diarrhea. So try to use all the different foods in small quantities.
2. Do not spend all day eating. You will just become bloated and feel sick. If
you are only doing this for a couple days, you should not feel too hungry. Plan
four or five salad meals each day, and let your digestion rest at other times.
3. You will feel more satisfied if you eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.
You will also use more calories that way. So if the foods can be eaten raw, that
will be more effective than cooking them. Foods like carrots and beets will also
be more satisfying if you eat them grated.
4. Schedule time when you do not have any important commitments. As with
fasting or any kind of detox, you may suffer some uncomfortable symptoms
Believe it or not, you can pump out a fat loss workout in your living room
without weights using your bodyweight, in under 20 minutes, if rapid fat loss is
your main goal.
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