When people turned to a low carb diet, it was because they had become popular as an effective weight loss method. However, they were thrilled to discover there are also many health benefits to starting this kind of diet.
Higher HDL Cholesterol (good cholesterol)
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is known as the “good” cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is known as the “bad” cholesterol. Recent studies have shown that both low fat and low carb diets decrease LDL, however in combination with the decrease in bad cholesterol, they also saw an increase in good cholesterol. Good cholesterol runs through your blood stream and actually helps to remove LDL. As HDL removes LDL it is literally cleaning your blood system lessening your chances of heart disease and stroke.
As you will discover, eating low carb is the perfect diet if you have tried to lose weight and failed in the past. Because it offers so many tasty options, it is very easy to adopt for both weight loss and weight management. There is a combination of factors that add to the effectiveness of the kind of diet:
- Protein consumed in this diet keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less.
- Because you are feeling fuller for a longer period of time you also are less likely to want to cheat.
- It allows you to burn energy as opposed to store fat.
- The protein in this diet helps to jump start your metabolism.
The low carb diet also offers you a balanced diet. Eating fresh meat, fish, vegetables and dairy offers you not only healthy choices, but reasonable portions and a wide variety of foods and meals that keep you satisfied as they are a pleasure to consume. The key is to eat less bad carbs and more good protein combined good carbs which include:
- Low glycemic fresh fruits, like apricots, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries
- Non-starchy vegetables, asparagus, green beans, broccoli
- Unsweetened dairy products, such as yogurt, sour cream, cheese
Lower Blood Pressure
Lower blood pressure due to weight loss is common, regardless of diet. However studies have shown that half of those who used a low carb diet were able to discontinue their blood pressure medications compared to only 21 percent of those who used a low fat diet.
Lower blood insulin level
Insulin is a hormone your body uses to store fat. The more bad carbohydrates you eat the higher your blood insulin level. Eating Low carb lower your insulin levels by cutting out bad carbs including:
- Refined grains like white bread, white rice and enriched pasta
- Cake, candy cookies and chips
- White potatoes
- Sweetened soft drinks
Triglycerides are storage fats that travel in your blood stream. Low carb diets reduce triglycerides with the consumption of a lot of meats, green leafy vegetables and low carb fruits.
Reduce Blood Glucose for Diabetics
Because eating less carbs lowers your insulin levels, you are better equipped to keep your blood glucose levels under control which is an important factor if you have diabetes.
As you can see there are many incentives to start a low carb diet and set yourself on the path for a healthier lifestyle.
Stay healthy and live well,