Suppressing carbohydrates from starchy foods is frequent in the early stages of slimming diets. However, some diets go further and simply require you to consume no (or very little) carbohydrates at all: this is called a low-carbohydrate diet.
What is a low-carbohydrate diet?
A low-carbohydrate diet is a diet low in sugars:
- The diet is reorganized to reduce the consumption of sugar-rich foods.
- By reducing the calorie balance of meals throughout the day, the body is forced to draw on its reserves, which leads to weight loss.
Low-carbohydrate diets lead to ketosis by suppressing sources of carbohydrates (sugars, starchy foods and cereals, fruit, etc.) and by greatly increasing the fat content of the diet.
The different low-carbohydrate diets
There are several low-carbohydrate diets available to meet everyone’s needs.
The choice of a low-carbohydrate diet is important:
- A regime is binding and motivation is an important factor.
- Choosing a diet adapted to your lifestyle and needs will guarantee success.
Some of the best known low-carbohydrate diets include:
Tips for a successful low-carbohydrate diet
- The ketosis state may be best initiated by starting a fast.
- The purchase of urine strips to check for ketosis may be sufficient, especially as part of the ketogenic diet.
- Collecting revenues upstream is almost indispensable. It is very difficult to cook according to the energy distribution of carbohydrate-free diets.
The benefits of the low-carbohydrate plan
The benefits of low-carbohydrate diets differ depending on the plan, but in general :
- They are easily adaptable to the rhythm of a professional life.
- They help to learn healthy eating habits: not snacking, doing sports, avoiding sugary drinks…
- Depending on the diet, long-term weight stabilization is possible if healthy eating habits persist.
- Weight loss is important because it causes the fat mass to melt. This diet is also very popular with bodybuilding enthusiasts.
- Ketone bodies give a feeling of well-being and lightness.
The disadvantages of a low-carbohydrate diet
Dieting is not always easy, as it requires a change in eating habits. That’s why the low-carbohydrate diet has some drawbacks to be aware of:
- it requires an unfailing motivation;
- Weight gain can be important if the diet is stopped abruptly;
- there is a risk of deficiencies depending on the scheme chosen and the intensity with which it is followed;
- transit disorders frequently occur;
- bad breath is common because acidosis is eliminated by the respiratory tract;
- it is possible to feel tired, because the body works differently. If the fatigue is too intense, it may be due to a deficiency. In this case, consult a doctor.