Carbohydrates, protein, and fat are the three caloric sources of energy your body uses. Think of them like bank accounts, where protein and fat are like savings accounts, carbohydrates function as the checking account. This means carbs provide a quick source of energy, ready to be “withdrawn” at any moment, to provide fuel for quick tasks like sprinting.
The problem with a typical American diet, is that we consume far more carbohydrates than are needed to fuel our body. As such, we “stockpile” the excess in the form of fat, to be saved for future energy expenditures. By contrast, a low carb diet depletes the carb checking account, the body looks to existing fat for sources of energy, a process called ketosis.
If you adhere a strict low carb diet, you will be in ketosis in a matter of three days. It’s important to keep supplying protein in your diet, to provide the amino acids and nutrition your muscles need. Otherwise, you’ll begin to lose muscle mass, which is never an intended, or healthy, outcome. There are also special concerns about low carb diets and diabetes.
It is important to note that diet plans should be discussed with your doctor, and not all carbs are created equal. It is beneficial to avoid foods rich in sugar (which is a type of carbohydrate) and empty calories such as white bread, cakes, cookies, etc. Whole grains are much more nutritious and beneficial, plus carbohydrates can supply important energy to you, so please consult your doctor before making a plan. The content on this site is meant to inform and empower those who have determined cutting carbs is a healthy plan for their body.