In the past fat was said to be the main cause of weight gain, which led to many people attempting to eliminate it from their diets.
Nowadays there are people who state that the really reason why people gain weight is due to their carb intake.
This has led to a rise in no carb diets, with foods like bread, pasta, rice, cereal, cakes and pastries among others being outlawed completely.
The problem with these diets though is that your body needs carbs. Please read on to discover why you should avoid no carb diets.
#1: These diets are hard to follow
Chances are that many of your most-loved foods are carbs, which means that cutting them from your diet entirely will be difficult.
More than likely the cravings will continue to grow until eventually giving into them.
When this occurs you will overindulge and all of your previous good work will go to waste.
#2: You may suffer from constipation
Cutting carbs entirely will likely lead to constipation.
This is because you will become dehydrated on a low carb diet, so your stool will likely harden.
To combat this problem it is recommended that you drink plenty of water, and consume plenty of fibre-rich vegetables. This should hopefully help.
#3: It can leave you feeling sad and fatigued
Carbs are a good source of energy, so cutting them from your diet will leave you tired or fatigued.
This can also leave you feeling sad too.
#4: You will smell
Research has shown that the hormones that control both your body odour and breath can be affected by a lack of carbs.
This can leave you smelly.
#5: Reduced physical strength and athleticism
There is a reason why so many athletes “carb load” before a big event, as it will give you the energy you need to compete at the highest level.
If you intend on getting any form of exercise during your weight loss journey then carbs are needed.
Of course if you are not planning on exercise, which I personally don’t recommend, then your intake of carbs can be reduced accordingly.
What is the real enemy?
While eating too many carbs will lead to weight gain, the real culprit is the type of carbs you consume, or rather those carbs full of sugar.
Yes, sugar is the real enemy here, so you need to be aware of what the good and bad carbs are.
Basically a bad carb is one that has been overly processed, such as junk food, but also foods such as white bread and pasta.
Instead of cutting out all carbs completely, opt for carbs such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains like oats, barley, brown rice, quinoa, and whole-grain bread.
Starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn, as well as legumes like black beans and peas are also good options.