People love low-carb diets because they can help you slim down relatively fast. Most of us eat too much processed food and desserts anyway, so cutting those out helps us lose weight and feel better, registered dietitian Heather Caplan explains. They work in the short term, but in the long run, the low-carb approach does have some drawbacks.
“Eventually, if you omit all carbohydrates, there are metabolic implications, especially if you omit fat at the same time,” says registered dietitian Ellie Kempton. “Even if you choose to emphasize fat and limit carbohydrates, you still need enough carbohydrates to fuel the brain, adrenal glands, and thyroid, all three of which are crucial for energy, sleep, and weight.”
Both of these nutritionists are all for cutting out highly processed carbs and sugar, but warn that extreme low-carb dieting can only work for so long. Instead they say we should:
- Slow down to eat - Kempton suggests spending at least 20 minutes eating your meal to ignite your metabolism and slowing down will help you notice when you’re actually full.
- Eat more intuitively - Mindless snacking can lead to unwanted pounds, so Caplan says tuning in can help you eat better and take in fewer calories.
- Replace, don’t restrict - Denying yourself everything won’t help as much as finding a healthier swap for what you’re craving. Instead of sugar, Kempton suggests trying dates or raw honey. Instead of pasta, she suggests zoodles - noodles made from zucchini.
- Snack wisely - Find healthy ones you like so you’re more likely to grab and eat them. Nuts, seeds, Greek yogurt, and roasted chickpeas are all nutritious and tasty options.
- Manage your stress - High stress can lead to weight gain, so finding ways to manage yours can help you manage your weight, too.
Source: Women's Health