Monday, November 21, 2011

Are You Prepared For Low Carb to Burn Belly Fat?

By Joseph Robertson

Everybody's been talking about low carb diets to burn belly fat. While most people tend to associate it with South Beach or Atkins, there are essentially quite a few books that centre on the idea of cutting out the carbs: Sugar Busters, Protein Power, The Zone Diet, Carbohydrates Addict Diet. They differ on how strict they are about carbohydrate intakeâ€"what you can eat, and not eat, or how much you are later permitted to eat in the later phases of the dietâ€"but in total, they agree on one thing: carbohydrates are bad.

The Carbohydrate Principle

Which makes you wonder: what's so bad about carbs? The belief is that when you control carbohydrates, you lower your body's production of insulin. Insulin gives your body the "quick fix" of energy (and is the reason why, after eating carbohydrates, you get the famous sugar rush). But without carbs, your body's compelled to use your body's fat and protein stores. Low carb diets can end up in rapid weight loss, but diet gurus are debating whether it should be continued in a long-term. This is because you compel your body to burn muscle, and muscle can be a dieter's best friend as it burns calories even if you are at rest. However , some diets permit constrained carbs in later phasesâ€"which would lower the rate of your weight loss, but is healthier for you in the longer term.

What are the benefits of low carb diets?

* You feel (and weigh) lighter. Low carb diets remove many calorie-heavy, low-nutrition foods such as pastries and pasta. It also forces the body to burn up fat stores (i.e, the bulge around your hips). The food that are generally included, typically protein, fat free dairy, and fibre, also have a tendency to reduce water retention.

* You feel less hungry and more vital. The body digests carbs and uses very quickly, leading to fast spurts of energy but also frequent hunger pangs and the legendary "sugar rush-sugar crash" cycle When you replace carbohydrates with fibre and protein, which takes more time to process, you'll feel full longer and have more stable energy levels. That is also interlinked to less personality changes and higher concentration.

* Better blood pressure and cholesterol. Low carb diets generally remove saturated fats, and refined or processed food, and shift to what is called "whole food groups" (lo-fat dairy, protein, fibre) which help to control blood pressure and cholesterol. The significant decrease of sweet foodâ€"which generally contain heaps of calories, no nutritive contentâ€"also helps control weight problems which is a serious factor in heart attacks.

What foods are low carb?

Low carb diets sound great, but be prepared: low carb diets will take out what many consider as staples in all meals: bread, pasta, and rice. In fact , low carb diets will remove anything made of flour, starchy plants like corn and potatoes, and foods that contain sugar (this includes several fruits), and cereals that are not specifically labelled as "low carb". But you will be permitted to take meat and eggs, low sugar fruits like strawberries, and high-protein but reduced fat possible choices like soybeans. Some low carb diets allow dairy.

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