The Link Between Carbohydrates and Weight Loss

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 10, 2018
Quick Bites

  • Weight loss achieved by a low-carbohydrate diet may not last long, and you may fall prey to several health problems
  • It is understandable that carbohydrates add to your weight, but so do protein or fats if consumed in excess
  • It is essential to consume a certain amount of carbs as they regulate the normal functioning of many vital organs

Most people feel that weight loss can be achieved by following low-carbohydrate diet; however, one must keep in mind that though this diet may help you in shedding off weight, the result may not be permanent. It is understandable that carbohydrates add to your weight, but so do protein or fats if consumed in excess.

Why your Body Needs Carbohydrates?

Owing to the necessities of a healthy body, it is essential to consume some amount of carbohydrates. They regulate the normal functioning of many vital organs including the brain, central nervous system and kidneys. The basic component for energy generation is carbs. Glucose is generated by the breakdown of carbohydrates. Insulin secreted by pancreas helps in the transportation of glucose from bloodstream to cells; and it is here where energy is produced.

The relationship between carbohydrates and weight loss is similar to that between fats or proteins and weight loss. Less you consume, less you gain. Let’s learn whether low-carbohydrate diet is enough for losing weight or much more than this is needed. 

Also Read: The difference between good and bad carbohydrates

Low-Carb Diets Restrict Healthy Food Choices

Eating low-carbohydrate diets may prevent you from gaining weight, but you are unlikely to meet your daily nutritional requirements. Low-carb diet can be high on fat content, particularly saturated fat. This may also restrict certain essential nutrient sources. Low in fruits and vegetables, vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium, it may have high saturated fat, low fiber and may not contain the antioxidant known as phytochemicals. 

Healthy Approach for Weight Loss

Losing weight requires you to eat a combination of all nutrients. Your diet should be inclusive of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Moderate consumption of fat and carbohydrates is the key to keep away extra weight.  

People following plant-based diet have much less obesity rate than those who consume meat. They have healthier heart and their chances of cancer are low when compared to people who depend on meat-based diets.

The basic idea behind losing weight is to burn more calories than you are taking in. Apart from keeping track of your calorie consumption, increase your physical activities, such as yoga and aerobics. In this way, you can stay away from excess fat and feel re-energised and stress free as well.

Another thing you need to know is the portion management of your food. Avoid eating large portions of food. Take small portions and increase frequency of taking snacks.

Also Read: This is How Carbohydrates are Making You Gain Weight

Side Effects of a Low Carb Diet

  • Nausea and dizziness 
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain
  • High cholesterol
  • Fat accumulation around abdomen
  • Kidney problems
  • Osteoporosis

Ask a dietician about the amount of carbohydrates you need to take while preventing weight gain as well as meeting your nutritional needs.

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