The Benefits of Cutting Back on Carbs
Low and reduced carb diets have been around for decades. The jury has been out on the effectiveness of cutting back carbs on weight loss and overall health until recently. For the past thirteen years, researchers have been studying low and reduced carb diets and have come to the conclusion that lowering your carb count just might be the ticket to whittling your waistline and better health.
Here are just a few of the benefits of cutting back on carbohydrates:
- Lowering your carbs (aka carbohydrates) can lead to reduced appetite. Studies show that consuming fewer carbs and more protein and fat fills you up faster, and leads to consuming fewer calories. Lower carb foods stick with you longer and keep hunger at bay.
- Reducing carbs helps you lose weight. People on lower carb diets lose weight faster than people on low fat diets. Lowering your carbs can help you lose two to three times as much weight as a traditional diet. One thing to remember, reducing your carbs is a permanent change, not just a diet. When people increased their carbs, they started to gain weight and lose the health benefits of low carbing.
- Reducing carbs helps you shed belly fat. Not all fat is created equal,belly fat tends to surround your internal organs and makes them function less than optimally. Belly fat is a good indicator of health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease. By reducing your carb intake, you can reduce the amount of fat in your abdominal cavity and reduce your health risks.
- Triglycerides drop on a lower carb diet. Triglycerides are an indicator of future heart issues. Carbs cause triglycerides to rise, and reducing carbs causes a dramatic drop in fat levels in the blood. Ironically, people on low fat diets often struggle with high triglycerides.
- Reducing carbs raises HDL or good cholesterol. High density lipoproteins aren’t actually cholesterol, they are proteins that help the body eliminate cholesterol. Higher HDL levels lower your risk for heart disease. One of the biggest ways to increase HDL levels is to eat fat. By consuming fewer triglyceride producing carbs, you automatically change your HDL ratio, and lower your risk of heart disease.
- Reducing carbs decreases the risk of type 2 Diabetes and improves existing Diabetes. Carbs are broken down into simple sugars, and when they enter the bloodstream, they raise blood sugars.If this keeps occurring a condition called insulin resistance can result. By eliminating or reducing carbs, you remove the risk of developing Diabetes or developing insulin resistance.
- Reducing carbs can reduce your blood pressure. High blood pressure affects millions of people in America every day. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease or stroke. Studies show that reducing carbs lowers blood pressure, often eliminating the need for prescription medicines that have a host of side effects.
By simply reducing your carb intake, you can completely change your health profile. Diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol issues are three of the biggest health issues facing people today, and every one of them can be improved or eliminated by reducing carbohydrate intake.