There are many people who try to convince us that a low-carb diet is healthy. At the same time, there also those who try to convince us that a low-carb diet is unhealthy. So, it makes everything more complicated than it should be.
One of the primary reasons for this is that even the same diet can be used for different purposes and work differently for different people.
Low-Carb Lies You Should Forget
With the internet giving anyone who wants to put out content an outlet, there are many low-carb lies that are simply not true. Below we’ll go over the 4 main lies you need to forget.
1. It’s Impossible to Work Out on a Low-Carb Diet
Some people believe that stopping eating carbs or drastically decreasing their consumptions results in causing difficulties while training. This is easily understandable as carbs are the primary energy sources for humans.
So, if you eat too few carbs, it can really become difficult to train. BUT, it can only happen if you never tried to follow a low-carb diet. If you follow this diet for about two weeks, it becomes easy for the body to use body fat as an energy source rather than carbs.
Also, you can try eating small and easily digested meals before working out to increase your energy levels before training, so it’s not a big problem even if you follow a low-carb diet.
2. Eating Carb-Rich Foods is Necessary to Keep The Brain Functioning
Some people think that the only source of energy for the brain are carbs. This isn’t completely right as many parts of the brain can use ketones as fuel. Ketones are produced when we consume less than 50 grams of carbs per day and the body starts using body fat as an energy source.
Then, the liver gets overflowed with fatty acids and starts producing ketones to be later used as an energy source. However, there are also some parts of the brain that can use only glucose.
In this case, the body itself can produce a sufficient amount of glucose from protein and byproducts of fat metabolism. Simply put, even if you consume 0 g of carbs, your brain will still function properly.
3. Decreasing Carbs Consumptions Will Definitely Help You to Lose Body Fat
Avoiding large amounts of sugar-rich foods that in a short period of time become body fat helps to stop gaining weight. But it doesn’t mean that you’ll lose weight just by decreasing your slowly digested carbs intake from such foods like oats, rice, potatoes, and so on.
Slowly digested carbs take a bit less energy to be digested than protein and fats, but the difference is tiny, so it won’t help you much if you eat the same amount of calories.
So, whether you’ll be able to lose weight depends mostly on your caloric intake, the metabolism speed, and your training regime. If you have hopes that just by switching from carbs to protein and fat you’ll be able to lose weight, give up. As long as you don’t decrease caloric intake, it won’t make much of a difference.
4. You Can Lose Only Water Weight on a Low-Carb Diet
Decreasing carbs intake makes the body use body fat as an energy source more often than glycogen. Glycogen is like a storage form of glucose in the muscles and liver.
When the body gets fewer carbs, it naturally produces less glycogen, which is known for pulling water in the muscles. So, if you try a low-carb diet, you can find yourself in such situation that you lose water weight.
But as long as you decrease your caloric intake or burn more calories per day, you’ll lose body fat with any diet you can find, not only water weight.