This post is in response to an article on Health.com titled: The Truth About Low Carb Diets…
Honestly, I haven’t seen this much ignorance in a long time. I’ll go through the six points the article mentions one by one here.
1- Low-Carb diets make you feel sad and stressed:
The adaptation phase of a low-carb diet is hard, sometimes a little too hard. That’s the phase where your body, for all intents and purposes, goes through withdrawal from the lack of carbs. common symptoms include: low energy, foggyness and maybe a slight bit of irritability. But that’s the thing, it’s just that initial stage (which lasts about 1-2 weeks). After that, well, after that life is fantastic. You get more energy and your mood is back to normal (your normal)
How do I know, you wonder? I have first hand experience. I’ve been on a low-carb diet for the better part of two years and it has been working out pretty well (more on that in a bit)
2- Low-Carb diets make you fatter, not thinner:
This point is so idiotic!
The article states “The stress and depression low-carb dieters feel eventually derails their best efforts to stay slim.”
Before I respond to that, please take a moment and think about this: Which weight loss diet does not deprive you of certain foods? I’ve yet to see a diet that allows sugary drinks, pastry, ice cream… etc.
So, if removing certain food groups is depressing to you, you should probably not be looking at dieting… period!
Low-carb diets are not magic. Like any other weight loss targeted diet, some food groups are taken away. That’s the nature of the beast. I’ve heard people on low-fat/high-carb diets that can’t stop whining about how much they miss certain foods because it doesn’t fit their diet.
Oh, did I forget to mention that I’ve successfully lost ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX (156) pounds on a low carb diet… and I am still going strong.
3-Low-carb diets are not sustainable!:
Hmm… One more time, I’ve been on a low-carb diet for the better part of two years.
The problem is the general approach to diets. Most people want to go on a diet and have results in as little as a week. Most people don’t plan cheat days into their diets.
When I started my getting fit journey, I decided to follow the example of the bodybuilding community and that comes down to one thing: DISCIPLINE!
Discipline when you are on your diet and discipline when you are on your cheat day. The cyclic ketogenic diet comes with cheat WEEKEND built in. Yes, you read that right. Two weeks on, one whole weekend off… but with discipline. The weekend off has to be at maintenance calories. And during the two weeks on, you are at a 500 calories deficit.
I changed things up a bit for myself, though. I stay on the diet for months at a time and break off when I am travelling or on vacation. I’ve taken up to a month off my diet and when I came back I didn’t gain a pound.
4- Low-Carb diets bloat your belly!:
Obviously, the people in the study that the article mentions didn’t get the memo: Even though, at least in the USA, fiber is listed under carbs… IT IS NOT CARBS!
I eat copious of fibrous veggies: spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts… etc.
Besides all those veggies being very healthy for you, the fiber keeps… err… your bowls moving.
5- Low-carb diets make you feel deprived!:
This is exactly like point two. It baffles me though. Is the author of this article confused?
I’m sorry, if you don’t have self control, then no diets will ever work for you. This has nothing to do with the carb content of the diet. You either have control not to eat certain things and be in a caloric deficit or your eat whatever and stay at your current weight or gain a few more pounds. choice is yours!
But if you think I am full of it here is some proof for you:
Total weight loss, so far, 156 pounds. I used to be 55% body fat and now I am at 19.5%
The results speak for themselves!
I would like to make one thing clear. This isn’t easy, but it certainly is possible. What really ticked me off about this article is how it shot down ALL low carb diets. I am not saying low-carb diets will work for everyone, but you wouldn’t know until you try. That’s what I did. I tried the conventional diets first (low fat/high carb) and it didn’t work for me. I spent three months researching the Cyclic Ketogenic diet and developed what worked for me along with my own workout plan.
A lot of diets work, but if you are expecting someone to show up and your doorstep with a one size fits all diet that will magically work then think again. We are all different and no one will know what works for you. You have to find out what does and act on it.
I swear by the low-carb diet, but that’s what works for me.