Why low carb? There are several benefits to eating this way. Most people try their hand at eating low carb because they’ve heard that it’s easier for weight loss. Compared to a low-fat diet, eating low carb allows you to stay on track without the constant hunger that is common with a low-fat diet. Eating low carb is also beneficial for general wellness.
A true ketogenic diet is one where carbs are low enough to get into ketosis. Ketosis is when our bodies uses fat for fuel compared to glucose. Weight loss is more effective and you start burning fat stores for energy. When you eat this way consistently your body becomes fat-adapted. Your energy then remains steady throughout the day and you are able to exercise for longer periods. Eating a low carb diet has shown to have therapeutic effects on those who suffer from epilepsy, T1 & T2 diabetes, acne, PCOS, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain and even some forms of cancers. In reality, there are many reasons why people choose to eat low carb. It’s these different reasons that make the low carb community unique.
One of the main questions people ask when first going on a low carb plan, is how many carbohydrate can you consume in a day? This will depend on how many carbs you can personally tolerate. In general the younger you are the more carbs you will be able to consume. I tell people to start with only 20-25 grams a day and after a month begin to experiment to see if you can tolerate higher levels of carbs without it affecting your weight, hunger and overall wellness. If at the 20-25 range you are not seeing the results you hope perhaps a more ketogenic diet would work better. In this instance your macros should look like this 75% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbohydrates.
If you have any medical conditions, always check with your doctor before going on any diet. Changes in blood pressure and sugar levels may require a reduction in your medication which is why working closely with your doctor is necessary.