If you’re looking for a carb free diet then go read this article entirely before starting to diet. It is vital you get a healthy outlook on carbohydrates before you proceed any further. First, let’s understand what exactly is the role of carbohydrate in our growth which makes them so vitally important?
Carbohydrates play a major role in regulating levels of glucose in the blood. They are also important in the chemical breakup of fatty acids and hence aids in the prevention of Ketosis. Ketosis usually occurs in the Blood (In the Red Blood Cells) and the brain and is characterized by the smell of acetone in the breath. In addition to the direct benefits, there are also several indirect benefits of carbohydrates, one of which is that it is found in several foods which on consumption also help in regulating the quantity of other essential nutrients. As you can see, the benefits of carbohydrates are many and it is not recommended to go for an all out carb free diet.
In fact there are many myths related to dieting which have led to an explosion of carb free diets. The most popular of these, is that your body does not need carbs and you can survive without them with no problem. This is completely false and has no basis what so ever. Carbohydrates are one of the three most essential nutrients in addition to fats and proteins. Furthermore, carbs are required especially for instant energy. Sugar, which happens to be a rich source of carbohydrates, is essentially required for the proper functioning of brain. Additionally, many people also believe that going on a carb free diet can be done for a lifetime without any detrimental health effects. This is also not true, since the body will definitely suffer if a carb free diet is followed for a long time. Moreover, the body will constantly struggle to fill up its carbohydrate deficiency by secreting other hormones which will increase the carb cravings of your body exponentially. In short, it’s not a healthy decision to go on a complete carb free diet.
Having said all that, decreasing the quantity of carbohydrate intake can definitely result in some quick weight loss. But this should not be done abruptly and one should not think about going on a complete carb free diet. Rather, you can opt for a low carb diet which is being recommended by various weight loss diet programs such Atkins, south Beach, Zone etc.
Additionally, there are several naturally occurring low carb sources which can be rotated in your diet for some quick weight loss. For example vegetables such as Sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc.), Greens – lettuces, spinach, chard, etc, Hearty Greens – collards, mustard greens, kale, etc, Radicchio and endive count as greens, Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc, Bok Choy, Celery, Radishes, Sea Vegetables (Nori, etc), Cabbage (or sauerkraut), Mushrooms, Avocado, Cucumbers (or pickles without added sugars), Asparagus ,Green Beans and Wax Beans, Broccoli and Cauliflower are some of the sources of low carb vegetables. Also fruits low in sugar such as Rhubarb, Blackberries, Cranberries, Strawberries and Papaya are some of the sources of low carbs.
In conclusion, you will do yourself a favor by going for natural sources of low carbs, as listed above, rather than going on a complete carb free diet.