What is the best way to lose weight? I think this question varies from person to person but let me dispel a few diet myths.
Myth 1: You lose weight quicker but it’s mostly water muscle loss on low carb diets! FALSE!
In the first few weeks there is a diuretic effect as sugar (carbs) hold onto water. However, after that time, fat loss is quicker and muscle mass is maintained!
Myth #2 - Carbs are essential to the body, especially when we exercise! FALSE! There are very good alternatives for your brain and muscles instead of carbs, which our body does not use very efficiently - dietary fat!
High carbohydrate diets block your ability to employ the use of fat to fuel your brain and to some degree muscles as well. CARBOHYDRATES ARE NOT AN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT, BUT FAT IS! FAT IS A VERY LONG ACTING FUEL SOURCE AND ONCE YOU DEPLETE SUGAR OR CARBS IN THE DIET AND BODY, THEN YOUR BODY WILL BREAK DOWN AND USE DIETARY FAT FOR ENERGY MORE EFFICIENTLY!
When carbs are restricted and the body depletes its sugar stores, the body will burn fat even during exercise.
Myth #3 - Low carb diets help weight loss but it’s not healthy to eat fat long term! FALSE!
Low fat combined with low carb diets leave no real energy source for your body. However, high protein diets are not good either and energy levels are very low and unsustainable. Fat is your friend and is an ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT! The cholesterol story is the bigger myth and lowering
cholesterol levels have not shown any decrease in mortality and morbidity; however, eating healthy fats has been shown to decrease inflammation, decrease blood sugars and reduce weight and fat.
Myth #4 - Low carb diets cause fatigue and faint feeling. FALSE!
Eliminating sugar causes water and salt loss (de-bloating). Salt and ensuring enough fat for fuel is the solution. So, stock up on pickles, pickle juice, bouillon cubes and sea salt. Your blood pressure will NOT go up, promise.
Myth 5 - This type of diet causes brittle bones and kidney crisis. FALSE!
90-100 gram protein recommended and is the average intake and has no adverse effects on bone, kidney or other health indicators. Research suggests higher protein diets are associated with healthier bones with age. Restricting protein helps in patients with already damaged renal function but has not been shown the other way around.