The low carb pathway is filled with benefits and also pitfalls. I’m speaking from real-life experience here, as it’s the strategy I used for a long time whilst preparing for my bodybuilding shows.
It can seem very alluring to think that cutting certain food groups (that aren’t bad for you, by the way) will result in weight loss. Initially, this can happen and probably very rapidly. But I like to think of weight loss as a long term strategy that will see you through, keep your weight in check at all times, as well as provide you with the flexibility you want (and have a right to) daily.
There is no real cookie-cutter solution to the problem when it comes to weight loss, but the problem initially stems from a diet filled with inappropriate foods. It’s probably self-explanatory that eating refined carbs, sugars, soft drinks, and processed packaged goods aren’t the best for you now. They aren’t the best for anyone if we are all being sincere here.
I also know that most people don’t like eating healthy. Once you start changing something in your life, it’s always complex and challenging — for a short period. Those who can accept and handle short-term pain for the long-term gain are a step ahead of most people. The same goes for specific diets that eliminate foods.
Carbs aren’t bad for you — and I know most people will probably disagree. They are needed in your diet, but the kind of carb will help you stay lean or bring on the weight.
I think many people also forget that almost everything (apart from animal protein sources) has some carbs in them. The difference is how your body handles that particular carb. A carb source filled with fibre is going to react differently than one filled with flour and sugar. It’s all about quality carb sources at a particular quantity.
Going low carb for years put my metabolism in a shady place. Whenever I would eat carbs, the weight would pile on. I believe this was my body being carb sensitive, but it wasn’t. What I didn’t know at the time was that low carb diets weaken your thyroid. It took me many years to balance my body and increase it’s efficiency when handing carbs, fats and protein.