Changing your lifestyle can be very scary especially when it’s something that impacts your everyday routine. Food is a major part of all cultures, religions and ethnicities. It makes us happy, brings us together and is the center of many traditions.
You’re not alone if you’re hesitant to leave your comfort zone and explore a different way of nourishing your body. Low carb dieting is one of the most effective ways to re-set your metabolism without eliminating your favorite foods or your social life. Don’t believe me? Here are the top 5 fears of low carb dieting and reasons why they’re nothing to be afraid of:
- “Giving up the foods I love”
Lowering your carb intake does not mean you have to give up all your favorite treats and indulgences. Absolutely everything is okay to eat in moderation including things like bread, pasta and other high starch foods. In addition, there’s a healthier version of just about every recipe out there.
- “Eating more fat”
Fat is an excellent source of energy providing 9 calories per gram. It helps us to feel fuller longer and it increases satiety. In contrast to carbohydrates, fat is essential and has a lot to offer to our bodies. In fact, butter is a healthy fat, rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Eating fat with meals even increases the absorption of essential nutrients.
You can’t succeed if you never try! Low carb diets are scientifically proven to promote weight loss. Carbs are the body’s first choice for energy and stored body fat is second. Lowering your carb intake will naturally force your body to burn fat. With biology on your side, you’re destined to succeed.
- “Handling social events”
There are numerous ways to manage being social while keeping your carbs low. Your friends and family don’t have to know that you’ve changed up your diet. For instance, you have a big birthday party to attend this weekend. Keep it simple! Stick to animal protein and veggies at the restaurant, have 1-2 vodka soda’s and enjoy yourself. Bring something you know you can have if you’re going to family or a friend’s house. Most importantly, the people who matter and care about you will support you.
- “Constant hunger”
Lowering your carb intake will not cause hunger. In fact, signals to the brain to eat (aka hunger) do not occur when the body is burning fat. Your body doesn’t need to remind your brain that it needs fuel because it is already getting energy from the body fat you are burning. Furthermore, diets that are higher in fat and protein are significantly more satisfying.