Low Carb Diet – Worth It or Not?

It has been a widespread ‘fact’ that cutting out carbohydrates from your diet was the best way to lose weight. For years, people have been avoiding potatoes, loaves of bread, and other starchy goodness like the plague. After all, everyone knew that the best way to put on muscle was to cut down on the carbs and ramp up on the protein.

Latest research shows, however, that this may all be fiction. We need carbohydrates in order to function properly and in fact, this food group is detrimental to your workout routine. Yes, you need carbs to be able to perform better at the gym. Don’t believe it? Ask any personal trainer San Jose or anywhere else to confirm this for you. Here are the real facts behind this myth:

False Weight Loss

The reason that it is so easy to believe in the low carb diet is because people have lost weight following it. This diet also allows you to lose weight quickly. It must be effective, then, right? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The weight loss that you experience when on a low carb diet is actually a reduction in water weight. Your body retains 2.4 grams of water for every 1 gram of carbs. When you cut out all starchy foods you are actually just removing all this water from your body. You are not actually losing any body fat, which is what you should be dropping.

The Right Carbs are Important

All food types have good and bad versions. The same holds true for carbohydrates. Good carbs are derived from whole grain foods, vegetables, and fruits. They are important for your health and also affect the way you put on muscle. When you cut down on carbs, you are depriving your muscles of a lot of necessary energy. It is difficult to put any effort into your rigorous workout when you don’t have any energy. The less exertion put into your exercise routine, the less tone and definition you will see in your body.

Carbohydrates also play a large role in providing your brain with the necessary fuel to function. When your diet does not allow for carbs, there is less energy for your brain to absorb. This usually results in lack of concentration and a feeling of lethargy.

Finally, very little of carbs – only about 4 percent of the total amount you consume – are actually turned into fat. If you work out on a regular basis this is actually a negligible percentage and will barely register on your body. This food type also does not inhibit the burning of fats.

There you have it, the results are in. You can now eat carbs again. The best time to splurge on some naughty carbohydrates rather than healthy ones is just after you have completed a particularly exhausting workout. You should always adjust the number of carbs you are eating to how much exercise you are getting in a day.