Celebrity athletes Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are public believers in the low-carbohydrate diet. This diet can yield fast and effective weight loss. However, just as with any other lifestyle choice, it has challenges that should be addressed. Here are some of the different stages you experience on a low-carb diet, and how to successfully manage them.
The first two weeks of a low-carb diet can be difficult. This is when your body moves into a state of ketosis. This is the phase when your body does not receive the carbohydrates to produce the glucose necessary for energy. This stage can negatively impact a person mentally and physically, and is why most people fail at the diet. After some time, your body will switch from dependence on carbs to using the fat stored in your body as the main source of energy.
An effective method of surviving the first two weeks is to eat a large amount of low- carb items. A guideline for the low- carb diet is to stay between 10 and 60 grams per day, which means you do not consume sufficient carbs to supply your energy needs. Because of this, you should fill up on non-carb foods. Never let yourself go hungry, especially if you begin to feel fatigued. Nuts are a good low-carb snack, but you do not have to live like a squirrel and eat only nuts. Low-carb options such as crustless cheesecake and Greek yogurt can help spice up the day. Food that is considered high fat, such as guacamole, is a good energy source as well.
After you survive the first two weeks, you will probably notice that you have indeed lost weight. Your next challenge is to conquer monotony. The idea of living on nothing but salad and cheesecake is probably unappealing, so you need to find more food choices. Experiment with old cookbooks or search online for low-carb meals you’ve never eaten before, and then prepare them in an original way. You can be creative and add lots of imaginative recipes to this diet.
A good place to start when you tire of your food options is to experiment with different meats. For example, cook prime rib with a new sauce, experiment with different cultural culinary approaches, or use grape seed oil in a stir fry instead of vegetable oil. The possibilities are only limited by your creativity. This can become more a game than a chore.
After a while, you can add more carbs into your diet, such as fruits and pastas. You can also use what you’ve learned to change your lifestyle permanently, steering clear of soft drinks and snack foods.
This can also be an opportunity to take advantage of your new cooking abilities as you experiment with high-carb recipes. The magic of this diet is it that it can help you lose weight while learning useful skills. T he best result is that you reap the rewards of all your hard work, not the least of which is a healthier lifestyle.
By: Richard Fuller