Most people go on a low carb diet on a weight loss purpose, they might lose the weight but only end up putting it back on plus more once they return to their 'normal diet'. So if you are considering cutting back on carbohydrates, here is an interesting research on low carb diet with weight loss published in 2002.
Why Low Carb?
The diet was originally presribed for people with epilepsy and diabetes, now most people adopt it on weight loss purpose.
My belief is we have a different individual need of carbohydrate due to our ethnic and physiological difference.
How Low is Too Low?
People who go low carb take 25g-150g carbohydrates a day, which is equivalent to 100kcal-600kcal. The rest of the diet is made up of fat and protein.
Professor Tim Noakes, a highly respected sports scientist takes 30g-50g carbohydrates every day ever since he found out he is carbohydrate resistant, here is an informal interview about his dietary change.
Since we have a different individual need in terms of daily carbohydrate, how we find the right ratio is to keep reducing/ adding carbohydrates. Note how our body reacts, if you are experiencing adverse effects such as headache, light-headedness, nausea, etc, on low-carb, try to add a bit more good carbohydrates until symptoms ease.
People who have carbohydrate resistance (here is a test suggestion to find if you have CR), yeast intolerance, chronic fatigue syndromes, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.
Consult your physician and run a medical research before you adopt drastic dietary change. Whatever change you make is a lifelong commitment rather than short-term solution.
From my experience, low carb helps,
- boost and stabilize my energy level thus helps improve my sports performance, while carb-loading prior to marathon/ triathlon races always leaves me lethargic with gastric distress.
- ease bloating, hence flatten stomach
- remove carb craving
- get rid of emotional binge eating disorder
Hope you enjoyed the article.
Be Your Best,