Low-carb diets are all the rage, and as an eating plan, it is helpful to cut back on certain carbohydrates. At Naturally Savvy, we believe in making healthier choice and choosing a healthier lifestyle. Cutting back on carbs can be helpful and we always recommend listening to your body before deciding if you’ve made the right choice for you.
Consider these four benefits of consuming fewer carbs as you build a nutrition plan.
1. You Won’t Feel Hungry as Often
When you start feeling hungry, it’s because your body is telling you that you need some nutrients. It actually has nothing to do with calories. If you substitute bad carb-heavy foods with more fruits and veggies – foods with more fiber, protein, and healthy fats – you’ll feel less hungry. Your body won’t have to trigger your appetite again because you’ve filled up on calories devoid of nutrients and full of what your body needs.
2. You Can Gain Weight
You have a lot of flexibility when creating a carb-focused diet to meet your fitness goals. Although many low-carb dieters are trying to lose weight, a well-designed low-carb diet can also help you gain weight. If you want to build muscle, a diet focused on things like potatoes, eggs, avocados, oatmeal, cream of wheat, rice, beans, pasta, and leafy green veggies will do the trick while giving your body plenty of nutrition.
Just take the opposite approach to losing weight with carbs and consume more healthy calories than you’re burning off. This will help you build muscle rather than fat. Lifesum’s guide on low-carb diets offers more information on how you can apply this diet to see some gains.
3. You’ll Lose Weight
In addition to not feeling hungry as often, a low-carb diet will help you feel full with an overall lower calorie intake. Grains, breads, and starchy foods are high in carbs and calories, so removing them in favor of things like leafy greens and nuts will quell cravings while still ensuring a healthy diet. This makes low-carb diets a favorite for people who want to decrease their calorie intake and increase their exercise intensity in order to target fat stores and lose weight.
A low-carb diet will also help you lose water weight. Though this doesn’t have anything to do with burning fat, cutting carbs can help you reach ketosis – a metabolic state in which ketones rather than glycogen are used for your body’s fuel. Though ketosis can help purge toxins from your body, it can be unhealthy if not carefully balanced. Be sure to keep hydrated to help flush out the toxins that may be released from being stored in fat.
4. Your Body Will Burn Fat Naturally
Regardless of whether you want to gain weight or lose weight, a low-carb diet will help you burn fat. This will help you look lean whether you put on lots of muscle or want to slim down. In fact, you’ll start burning fat immediately when you cut carbs. This is because carb-heavy foods also have lots of calories. This is especially a problem with “bad carb” foods, such as the following:
- Ice cream
- White bread
- Sugar added fruit juice
As a general rule, avoid these refined carb foods. When you do consume carbs, make sure it’s from things like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Changing your carbohydrate consumption can lead to lots of positive results. Whether you want to gain or lose weight, integrate some of these tips to burn fat and meet your fitness goals.