Carbohydrate intolerance is the inability of the body to completely process carbohydrates, i.e. sugars and starches. One common form of carbohydrate intolerance is lactose intolerance. This condition is prevalent in well over 50% of the adult population.
So, when you’re looking for information about low-carb diets one of the first things you should try to determine is if such a diet would be right for you. Obviously if you had any sort of carbohydrate intolerance you would have to proceed cautiously.
For the human body, carbohydrates are our principle source of energy and if we are unable to properly digest them then we will be losing out on needed energy and we’ll have to get that energy from another source. Within our bodies the only other source is protein from our muscles and fat from our accumulated fat stores. Ideally we want to be accessing the accumulated fat stores and not the muscle tissue.
When the body starts using muscle tissue as a source of energy one of the muscles it uses first is the heart and I hope you can understand that this is a very undesirable action.
Before beginning a low-carb diet you should do a little research to understand the alternatives and also, you should do your best to inform yourself of just what is happening in your body and why. With that kind of information you can make wiser choices. Remember, just because a particular diet plan works for me (or someone you know) does not necessarily mean that it will work well for you. Everybody is different and everybody has different needs and different lifestyles so you need a diet regimen that fits your particular requirements.
In my opinion, one of the nicest things about a low-carb diet is that it can be tailored to just about anybody’s needs and desires. Once you have a halfway decent understanding of how your body works, what the role of each food is in your life and which foods are the ones that are actually needed, then you can embark on a diet that will offer you the best chances of long-term success.
How Many Carbs should you eat?
- A very high carb diet might be as much as 50 to 70%.
- A moderate carb to might be between 35 and 50%.
- A low carb diet would be less than 35%.
- Anything below 20% would be a very low-carb diet and should be approached with caution
Can someone lose weight while still consuming a high carb diet? Not very likely unless they maintain an extremely high level of activity. Yuck! That does not sound like fun to me.
How about losing weight on a moderate carbohydrate consumption diet? Yes, you can probably do it but you would likely have to increase your activity level to more than your current level, i.e. exercise!
Okay, so what about a low-carb diet? Well, as you may have read in other articles posted here, this could well be your best choice. When you consume fewer carbohydrates your body is forced to look for other sources of energy. Typically, it looks for its energy from protein in our muscle tissues. To avoid that, we have to feed our body with more sources of protein, i.e. meat. Now there are some protein sources amongst vegetables… soybeans for one. So, if you don’t like the idea of eating more meat, maybe you can get by with using more soy based products or other vegetable sources of protein. However, the protein available in vegetables is not nearly as much as found in meats on an ounce for ounce basis. By the way, let’s not forget fish in our diet. Fish is a great source of protein plus there are beneficial oils in fish that make it a very desirable addition to our diets
By now, I’m sure you see that, although carbohydrates play an important role in our diet, we need to use discretion in the amount of carbohydrates we consume, whether or not our goal is to lose weight. In future articles we will continue to look at not just carbohydrates but protein and fats as well and the role each of them play in maintaining a healthy body and a desirable weight.
By JQ Adams
JQ Adams has been dealing with his weight for his entire adult life. After much trial and error, he finally found a means of getting a handle on his problem using a low carb diet approach.
Because of his interest in low carb dieting as well his own struggles with weight, JQ has researched and read widely on the topic and shares his findings as well as his experiences with his readers.
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