These are the benefits of cutting carbohydrates from your dietLast updated on Aug 26, 2019, 09:03 pm
When you are trying to lose weight, you are bound to get confronted with widely varying opinions and advices about carbohydrates.
Should you eat less of it? Or more? Or just completely let go of it? There is just too much confusion.
Well, the answer lies in balance.
Here is how (mindfully) cutting carbohydrates will help your health.
Reducing your carbs intake will help lose weight
Generally speaking, reducing your carbohydrate consumption will help you lose weight.
This is so because when you replace your carbs intake with more of protein or fats, this reduces your overall calorie count, thus aiding in weight loss.
Studies suggest that participants who lowered their carbs intake witnessed better weight loss results.
However, do not go all out- reduce your carbs intake gradually.
Cutting carbohydrates will help reduce your risk of diabetes
High blood sugar levels can lead to various health issues such as type 2 diabetes, dementia, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
But don't worry - restricting carbohydrates in your diet will significantly help reduce your blood sugar and insulin levels.
That is exactly why diabetics are often advised to reduce their carbs intake, in order to maintain good health.
It will help improve your overall heart health
Low-carb diets are known to improve heart health, in general.
Particularly, they can help reduce triglycerides levels, and simultaneously spike good cholesterol levels.
Further, by controlling your blood sugar levels, and fighting inflammation in the body, they can contribute to your overall cardiovascular well-being.
Several studies suggest that cutting your carbs consumption also helps manage your blood pressure.
Controlled carbs consumption can help fight certain psychological disorders
Did you know that low-carb diets such as the Ketogenic diet were initially invented to treat neurological diseases?
Many studies suggest that these diets can help reduce risk of, or manage symptoms of a host of such health issues, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and even brain injuries.
So, reduce your consumption of carbs, if you are suffering from any of these health problems.
What are the risks of following a low-carb diet?
Notably, if you start cutting carbs from your diet suddenly and dramatically, you may witness certain short-term health-issues such as headaches, fatigue, and diarrhea, among others. Further, in the long run, following a low-carb diet could lead to vitamin/nutrient deficiencies, bone loss, and gastrointestinal disturbances.