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We hear “low carb” or “carb restriction” within the health and wellness industry often. Our levels of obesity continue to rise and many people are at a loss at what to do about it. The basic truth is that body fat is stored “potential energy”. Your body needs a reason to unpack that storage. How can you create that need?

 

Low-Carb in History

Carb restriction diets make the rounds every few decades. They have been “vouge” for almost 300 years of written literature. We have diet books that go back quite awhile where people do things like forget about grains and breads and fruits and things like that.

 

A famous one is the banting diet. Banting was a very obese man who had all sorts of health problems and he just decided to just cut it all out. He sustained himself on meats and alcohol and some small amounts of vegetables and lost over 100 pounds and wrote a book about it and sold it on the streets of London and it became published and the rest is history!

 

The Ideal Low-Carb Solution

Nowadays, low-carb diets are sometimes referred to as Banting. Low-carb diets include everything from Atkins to Keto.

 

The point is to regulate your hormonal response to food. Because when you eat a large amount of carbohydrates, insulin is peaked, and it always comes back to this discussion of insulin being a harmful hormone when it is elevated for long periods of time.

 

We always want to make sure that bringing carbs down brings insulin levels down and blood glucose levels down and makes your body search for other energy substrates.

 

And what is fat? Fat is nothing but stored energy. It is your body’s way of putting things away for times of stress.

 

But we don’t really have these times of stress and lean. It’s all feast feast feast and no famine. So our bodies still work to take excess calories and store them as fat and the idea is that your body should go searching for fat to utilize as energy.

 

It’s that simple. Carb restriction or low-carb diets help encourage your body to go in search of another energy source…and the hope is that your body will adapt to burn your excess fat rather than the carbs you are typically feeding your body on a regular basis.

 

Questions

If you have questions about low-carb approaches or are wondering which approach is the best for you, please feel free to reach out via email or my social media channels. You can also take a look around my blog for more helpful articles that break down macronutrients, low-carb approaches, the keto diet and much more.

 

-Dr. Jerome Craig

 

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