A client said, “I need to lose weight for my upcoming wedding. What’s the deal with low-carb diets?” If you eliminate or drastically limit carbohydrates, you’ll miss out on many vitamins, minerals and fiber — and your body will need to find energy elsewhere.
If your body is low on glucose, lean muscle mass is broken down to provide stored glycogen for energy. Stored glycogen contains water. Muscle breakdown and the water associated with it causes rapid weight loss, which can be unhealthy and lead to kidney damage.
Top 5 reasons to keep carbs in your diet:
Carbohydrate foods are your body’s best energy source.
- Saves muscle
Adequate intake keeps lean tissue from being used as energy.
Plant foods contain fiber, which decreases the risk of diseases and satisfies hunger.
- Low calorie
Non-starchy vegetables have an average of 25 calories per serving.
A mix of carbohydrate foods can provide your daily requirement for vitamins and minerals.
For safe, effective weight loss you want to lose excess fat, not vital muscle tissue and water as caused with low carbohydrate diets. Excess calories from any source will cause weight gain. And remember: To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in.