6 Low-Carb Diet Myths Busted
Our IWB team (excluding me!!) is an ardent follower of the low carb diet. Low carb diets have the ability to reverse several diseases and that has been certified by researchers. The diseases include diabetes (type 2), obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Anything popular is a victim of myths! The same story goes for the low carb diet too. There are a lot of myths doing rounds in the fitness circle. Time to put them at rest!
6 Low-Carb Diet Myths Busted
Myth 1: Low carb diet is great for everyone
Truth: Though studies have shown that low carb diets are really effective for weight loss and for leading a disease free life, it is not apt for all!
We humans are different from each other in several aspects. What is suitable for one may not be suitable for another one. There are so many people who tried a hand at low carb diet and failed at it. They either didn’t like it or didn’t feel good. But there is a category of individuals for whom a low carb diet can prove to be disastrous. I am talking about those who do lots of physical activity (athletes) that is anaerobic in nature. Such individuals require a lot more carbs than other people who have a sedentary lifestyle.
Myth 2: Carbs make you fat
Truth: Refined carbs and sugar are considered bad for health but this does not mean that all kinds of carbs are villains! The truth is that all carbs are not fattening. For them to be fattening they should be refined and highly processed.
At this juncture you can think of the humble potato, on its own it is not fattening but when you fry it in unhealthy oil and add condiments to it you have a perfect recipe that will make you fat!
Myth 3: A diet that is low in carb should be ketogenic
Truth: You can go on a low carb diet without getting into a ketogenic diet.
A ketogenic diet is high in fat and very low in carbs (20-50 g a day). Though this kind of a diet may be beneficial for many, it is not the only way to go low on your carbs. A low carb diet can even have 100 to 150 g or more of carbs in a day.
Myth 4: All carbs are sugar
Truth: Carbs when digested are broken down to sugars but this can mislead people. ’Sugar’ to a layman is the white, crystalline table sugar that is added to food. So when you tell that carbs turn into sugar they think that there is no difference between a potato and a processed fruit bar. Table sugar is half fructose and half glucose whereas starch is only glucose. The fructose part in table sugar is considered to be harmful.
Myth 5: You won’t gain weight if you are on a low carb diet
Truth: People think that as long as they are on a low carb diet they will not gain weight. That is not true. Gaining weight on a low carb diet is possible. Many foods that are low in carbs can be fattening if you happen to over-consume it. This includes nuts, heavy cream and cheese. You can consume a lot of calories from such foods and gain weight. Portion control comes to play here.
Myth 6: Calories don’t matter if you are on a low carb diet
Truth: Many low carbers think that calories do not matter. But this is a misunderstanding. When energy input is more than the output, we store body fat but when our energy output is more than the input, stored fat in the body is burned. When a person is on a low carb diet, he or she eats less as appetite gets reduced. So, automatically calorie intake will be less. Calories do matter but counting them consciously is not needed.
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