The Many Benefits of Low Carb Living

I want to share with you the benefits of low carb living and how it can make a difference to your life.

The benifits of low carb living

And how it could save your life!

Carbs are broken down in to simple sugars; they enter the blood level and elevate blood sugar levels causing an insulin spike.
When sugar is eaten the fat storing, fat making, growth hormone, insulin is produced in the pancreas and then released into the blood.
If you have Insulin in the blood it is NOT possible to burn fat as fuel and your body can even turn the sugar into fat for storage.
Sugar in the blood is toxic and if left for too long can cause damaging inflammation, circulation problems and even glaucoma (blindness), the body will always use the sugar for fuel before fat.
So first things first, reducing your carb intake should be thought of as a lifestyle change rather than a short-term diet.
It’s a simple and effective way to get results, reduce excess water from the body and easy to maintain without needing complicating nutrition guidelines.

 

So by significantly reducing your carbohydrate intake you will:

  • Reduce inflammation which is linked to arthritis, dementia and diabetes
  • Reduces blood pressure (Hypertension), which helps you live longer!
  • Reduces visceral fat (harmful abdominal fat), which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and serious metabolic conditions – all of which are today’s biggest killers!
  • Reduces triglycerides (fat molecules) in the blood which is a known risk factor for hearts disease
  • Helps the body to burn fat as fuel, so you get results faster!
  • Helps treat metabolic syndrome as lowering carbs addresses the underlying problems and effectively reduces symptoms
  • Lowers insulin levels, particularly helpful for those suffering with type 2 diabetes.
  • Reduces your appetite automatically, so you eat less and feel satisfied without any effort what so ever! Reducing carbs reduces the ghrelin (hunger) hormone which also reduces cravings
  • Increased HDL (good cholesterol) as less carbs means increasing fat intake. Since the ‘you can only eat 2 eggs a day’ myth has been debunked we no longer need to be scared of fat. Which is good as HDL carries cholesterol away from the body and to the liver, which reduces risk of heart disease.
  • Enhanced cognitive performance – sugary and high carb foods can give us a quick burst of energy only to have us feel lethargic and burnt out shortly afterwards.  Eating more healthy fats improves brain function and helps control mood swings
  • Aids digestion. Eating less carbs means you eat more protein and healthier fats. This in turn nourishes your digestive tract, reduces bacterial growth and improves symptoms of IBS.
  • Stabilises hormones, balances neurotransmitter function, elevates mood and reduces depressive symptoms.

As you can see there are several quite important benefits from reducing your carb intake.

How do you reduce carbs?

Simply eliminate sugar and junk foods. Sugar doesn’t have to be on a spoon or in a can of coke. It is hidden in many types of foods including: Breads, cereals, pasta, potatoes, fruit, chocolate, sports drinks, flavoured yoghurts, cookies, cakes, juices, deserts, wine, beer, rice cakes, muffins and loads more!
Whether its whole grain bread or white bread the starch still turns into sugar in the blood and causes a rise in insulin.
Also avoid all ready meals.
Use MyFitnessPal, the app to track your food intake so you can easily see how much your carb and total calorie intake is.
A low carb diet is usually around 50grams per day, but can vary from 15g-90g depending on your body type and activity levels.
The fat on your body comes from the sugar you eat, not from the fat you eat. More on debunking the cholesterol lies soon…