In my previous blog post I talked about how I learned that a low calorie intake did NOT help me to realize weight loss – at all. This week I’ll talk about me quitting carbs and how that is a recipe for disaster! Carb crashes have become a popular strategy for losing weight, but here’s what I learned about it..
I hear it all the time: people who want to lose weight (fast) drop out the carbs from their diet completely. Well.. been there done that. I used to believe that a carb-restricted diet was the best solution for me and would help me to -finally- lose the weight. I cancelled all the high-carb foods from my grocery list and simply stopped eating bread, pasta, etc. My meals only contained fish/chicken with veggies and pretty soon I experienced the results from my “carb crash”.
Lesson learned #2: No carbs = weight loss? WRONG!
Looking at my scale, I’d say that my dramatic drop of carbs was a good idea. However, looking in the mirror made me realize that it wasn’t. Sooner or later, everyone will experience the negative side effects of a carb crash diet. I felt exhausted, tired, had weak muscles, headache, constipation and a bloated belly. Though it looked like I lost weight, I didn’t look more slim. A carb crash diet literally ruined my health!
I learned my lesson: a no-carb diet doesn’t burn as many calories and fat or boost your metabolism as much as we all like to think. Short term it will look like you’re losing weight, but the truth is that you’re losing a lot of water weight. Long term? It will make you fatter and not thinner!
Carbs come in our blood as glucose and our bodies are assumed to be dependent on glucose to fuel. Carbs (glucose) are required to kick-start your metabolism, boost your energy level, increase your focus and concentration and active all your other body functions.
Skipping carbs limits your body functionality and is not sustainable. In order to keep on losing weight (water) I had to keep on reducing the carbs which is impossible and very unhealthy. Also I experienced that a low level of glucose will increase your hunger feeling, because it will produce the feeling that gives you constant cravings. NOT what I wanted! Oh and how about working out with no carbs in stock? Another bad idea! 🙁
It took me a while to recover from the carb-crash damage, but I learned from it.. BIG TIME! My body is much stronger now and looks healthier. If you ever think that cutting carbs is the key to weight-and fat loss, have a look at my before and after photo’s first. The left picture was me on a no-carb diet and on the right photo I do eat carbs and weight 2kg more.
Weight loss: a personal lesson learned #1 click here.