To lose weight, cutting carbs just doesn’t cut it. Here’s why:
The powerful reasons you should eat carbs if you want to lose weight, and keep it off.
Often when people set out to lose weight, one of the first things they do is cut carbs from their diet. This is because carbs have a bad rap. People (wrongly) believe they lead to weight gain, but it’s not the carbs themselves that make people fat. Rather, it’s the quantity of carbs people eat that can lead to weight gain. The truth is that eating the right carbs and the right quantities of them can actually help you lose weight and more importantly, manage your weight in the long term.
Carb-lovers rejoice. Here are 4 solid reasons why cutting carbs just doesn’t cut it: Eating the right carbs, and the right quantities of carbs can actually help you lose weight and manage your weight in the long term.Click To Tweet
(1) YOU MISS OUT ON FIBER
The thing with carbs and weight management is that fiber, the secret to weight loss without hunger, is only found in carbs. So, if you limit your carbohydrate intake, you miss out on dietary fiber—and if you’re trying to lose weight, this is the exact opposite of what you want to do. Essentially, fiber makes losing weight easier because it fills you up without filling you out. It adds bulk to food, so foods high in fiber are more voluminous; it swells in the stomach and takes up more space in your belly. Additionally, the foods that are higher in fiber are naturally lower in calories because fiber is the indigestible part of carbohydrates. When you follow a diet rich in fiber you feel full after eating, so you’ll generally eat less throughout the day. If all of that wasn’t enough, fiber revs metabolism and promotes regularity, two things that also support weight management.
(2) YOU’LL FEEL SUPER MEH
… and that can make sticking to your weight loss program a lot more difficult. Carbs are our bodies’ primary source of energy. Our bodies strongly prefer to use carbs to fuel our voluntary and involuntary activities and aren’t too happy when they don’t have any to use. When your body isn’t happy, you know it; you feel tired, cranky, shaky, and weak. Not only is such a lethargic state unpleasant to be in, but it can also trigger snacking and feelings of deprivation, two things that are not exactly consistent with sustainable weight management. Diet aside, lacking energy makes it more difficult to work out, so you likely won’t be able to burn calories very efficiently through your output, either.
(3) YOU’LL HAVE TO TRY EVEN HARDER
One of the most frustrating parts of the weight loss process is that the more you progress, the more difficult it becomes to continue losing weight. After you’ve lost some weight, your weight loss begins to plateau even if you are following the same diet and/or working out the same amount. This happens because metabolism slows when you lose weight—and it’s why that last 5 lbs is something people notoriously struggle with. So, to keep losing you would have to either eat even less than you already do and/or work out even more. The whole thing is pretty discouraging, huh?
However, if high-fiber carbs are included in your weight management plan then you won’t have to continually cut down on what you’re eating to avoid a weight loss plateau. Fiber revs metabolism and keeps it going strong, so weight loss continues until you reach your goal. Instead of being discouraged and tempted to give up, people following F-Factor are motivated to continue with their good habits.
(4) NOT SUSTAINABLE
As noted above, when we don’t eat carbs we feel pretty meh. You’ll live – it’s not the worst feeling in the world, but it’s not the best either. You’re also going to have to turn down a lot of foods because they are carbs, which typically leads to feelings of deprivation and denial. So now you’re feeling restricted and lethargic. It’s all bearable, but what kind of life is that? It’s certainly not enjoyable, that’s for sure.
Now let’s take it one step further, are you really never going to have a bowl of pasta ever again? And when it’s your birthday are you going to turn down cake? The whole concept is just not sustainable and creates weight loss in a false setting. Carbs are one of the three macronutrients for a reason – our bodies need them, and when high-quality ones are eaten in the right quantities, they can help you reach and maintain your weight management goals in the long term.
THE BOTTOM LINE
On F-Factor, you’re required to eat carbs: high fiber carbs, so that you can meet your daily fiber needs. Fiber fills you up and keeps you regular; it allows you to eat the carbs you need to fuel your voluntary and involuntary daily activities without gaining weight and live a more fulfilled life. To read more about why you can (and should!) eat carbs to lose or maintain weight, click here.