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Is Low Carb Actually Better For You?

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on March 7, 2016

Is Low Carb Actually Better For You?

In the nutrition world there is no topic more controversial than carbohydrates. When composing a diet plan to suit your body, it is often a choice people come to whether to go low carb or low fat. In my experience, I usually recommend a balanced approach to nutrition with protein set at a level of 1gram per pound of bodyweight and then a balanced level of carbs and fats to fill in the rest of the set caloric intake, which is great for the average person.

The choice of low carb or low fat can be very confusing and the answer lies in your genome, which I will elaborate on below. For a good 25% or so of people, a lower carb diet will not only feel better for you, but also give you better results. I have found this out to be the case for myself and didn’t realise this until I actually got a DNA test done where one of the things I was able to find out was that my body really didn’t tolerate carbs very well compared to the average person. I wish I knew earlier that I fell into this group, as I would have changed my nutritional approach a lot earlier.

Why do some people not tolerate carbs as well as others?
In my test, I had something called alpha-amylase levels checked, which is a salivary enzyme that begins the breakdown of starch in the mouth. Variation of this level exists in human species and is a major reason why different people respond in different ways to carb intake.

7 Signs that you may not be able to tolerate carbs as well as an average person

1. Being overweight

2. Have difficulty losing weight with higher carbohydrates

3. After eating a large serve of carbohydrates you crash mentally or physically

4. When you eat sugar it leads to craving it even more

5. After eating sugar you feel sleepy a few hours later

6. Feeling hungry even though you know you just ate

7. Bloating and digestive issues

Simple things you can do

-Eat slowly and chew thoroughly

-Use probiotics

-Focus on healthy unprocessed carbs only as these are easiest for your body

-Find out which healthy fats you can add to your diet that you like

Eating a lower carb diet can be something that many people find challenging to stick to due to the fact almost all foods contain carbs. It is therefore likely the most difficult macronutrient to over consume if you are not careful in your food choices.

How can I have a lower carb diet that I can actually stick to?

Food choices are so important and will literally make or break you. The key to being successful in a lower carb diet is not to eat less but to EAT MORE! This will keep you satisfied and allow you to stay on plan. Instead of reducing your food intake, instead increase the volume of your meals by adding high volume/low calorie carbohydrates foods, in addition to your healthy fats and proteins. This means you need to focus your carb intake around fruits and vegetables, as well as, other smart choices of higher volume carbs such as rice cakes for snacks.

Some of my personal favourite low carb vegetables and fruits I eat everyday are;

  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Green beans
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon

I also like to include a lot of calorie free sauces, jelly, thickeners and drinks in my plan, plus utilising Natvia in my baking. Remember knowledge is power in regards to health and nutrition and the more you learn, the more you will enjoy your life as well as being able to stay healthy.

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