You have probably heard all those low carb myths which tell you that it’s unhealthy, restrictive, and unsustainable.
However, science proves that this type of diet is one of the best choices for losing weight, keeping your heart and gut healthy, prevent diabetes, and feel positive. In this article you are going to read about all those myths, and why they are not true.
11 Low Carb Myths You MUST Know
This diet restricts veggies and fruits and you won’t eat any carbs –The low carb diet is low in carbs, but still includes carbs. It includes fruit such as berries (nutrient dense foods), and excludes fruits with a lot of sugar such as bananas, pineapples, and mangoes. The carbs this diet allows comes mostly from veggies, berries, dairy, and nuts. The vegetable intake is increased because the processed carbs are removed (pasta, bread, rice).
This diet consists of too much protein – You will eat moderate amount of protein. Also, the type of meat this diet allows doesn’t include processed meats. There is a big difference between lean meats and hot dogs or burgers. Our body needs the protein because it contains amino acids.
This diet isn’t varied – There are actually tons of variations. When you are on a low-carb diet you will ditch the junk food and eat healthy and nutritious ingredients. Your diet will consist of meat, fish, healthy fats, veggies, fruit, seeds, and nuts. You can find tons of low-carb recipes and experiment so you can avoid eating the same combinations.
This diet restricts what you can eat – again another myth sorry. This diet only restricts certain products. There are many new products every year, and most of them contain a lot of sugar. Therefore it seems as if people are restricted. If there wasn’t such a variety of processed foods we wouldn’t feel that way. When you choose not to eat processed foods and junk foods, you will automatically become low carb.
You can’t stay for too long on a low carb diet – myth again. There is a study which proves that when people choose to go low carb they do it for good. When you see how successful this diet is, when you start to feel and look good, you will surely want to stick to it. When you realise how much damage sugar does to our body you will want to stick to a healthier diet.
You feel tired because you don’t get energy from carbs – People usually say that they feel energized on this diet. You get the energy from fat instead of carbs. When you eat healthy fats your body starts to burn the fat, and you will no longer feel those sugar rushes and crushes.
Low carb diet is another fad diet – This is completely false because everyone who has tried this diet has seen that it works. In fact, the current high carb, high sugar diet should be seen as a fad diet because it is completely unnatural and unhealthy.
The fats from this diet will cause heart issues – nope. More and more studies prove that carbs are the ones which increase inflammation, cause high LDL cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and raised triglycerides. When you go low carb and include more healthy fats you will lower the blood pressure, the triglycerides, improve the HDL and LDL cholesterol.
This diet doesn’t contain enough fiber – This is a big myth that we get the fiber only from whole grain bread. All those leafy greens, seeds, and nuts contain plenty of fiber which our body requires. The best thing is, they are not processed.
Ketosis can be dangerous – Many people don’t realise they are in ketosis. When you sleep, for example, you are not eating, and your body starts to burn the fat. The fat is released from the fat cells into the blood, and the fatty acids turn into ketones which fuel the brain and the body. Also, you shouldn’t confuse ketosis with ketoacidosis, which is a condition that occurs in type 1 diabetics.
Our brain needs glucose as fuel – The brain can use both glucose and ketones as a fuel. It is proven that when the body uses ketones you will be able to think more clearly and have better concentration. The keto diet is also helpful for those who have epilepsy, or suffer from Alzheimer’s. When the brain requires glucose, the body will produce it from protein through gluconeogenesis. Therefore, it seems that our body actually prefers fat as a fuel!