Want to drop some weight? Cutting out carbs can help you curb calories, get more protein in your diet, and cut back on sugars and starches. If you have a tough time regulating your blood sugar, better carb control can help.
Carbohydrates come in the form of fiber, starch, and sugar. When we consume them, our body turns them into glucose—a form of sugar—that gives us energy. There's nothing wrong with carbohydrates, of course, but when we're trying to lose weight, we can push our bodies to burn fat faster by reducing carbs.
We can gain weight when we consume simple carbs from processed foods like cereals, bread, cakes, candies, and even "instant" rice. Unfortunately, our bodies don't burn through the calories and carbs from those foods as efficiently as protein. Too many carbs can also increase our risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and even heart disease.
Many foods have carbs, and some are less likely to cause weight gain or cause us ill effects. Complex carbohydrates are unprocessed and "whole" or closer to their natural origin. As a result, they take longer to break down, leaving us more satisfied and fuller. Many complex carbs also contain fiber. Fruits, beans, and vegetables fall into this category.
Most low-carb foods are animal products. Eggs, meat, and some dairy products contain few to no carbohydrates. They’re full of protein and can help you feel full and boost your energy. Protein helps your body build muscle and run efficiently.
That said, avoiding carbohydrates altogether is very challenging. High protein and low carb diets like Atkins, keto, and paleo offer guidance to help you successfully lose weight while cutting out carbs. Other people prefer to follow their own low-carb plan and reduce their intake of sugars, and processed foods like bread, pasta, and rice.
But what's life without rice and pasta? We say, not very exciting. Fortunately, there's a solution to make your low-carb pasta and low-carb rice dreams a reality.