Not everyone's body responds the same way to different approaches to losing weight. The key is to find a match for your body and metabolism.
If you limit the intake of sugar and carbohydrates, as a result, you will successfully lose weight and kept it off even though if you had previously been unsuccessful on regular low-calorie diets!
The key is to understand that everyone's metabolism can use two different types of fuel for energy, either sugar and carbs that are quickly turned into sugar by the body, or fat. But the type of fuel you burn can have a big difference in losing or maintaining weight. A typical diet reduces calories, but is still high in carbohydrates and thus sugar. As a result, many people constantly cycle between sugar "highs" where excess sugar is actually stored as fat in the body and sugar "lows" where you feel fatigued and ravenously hungry for more carbs and sugar. For many, it's really hard to lose weight that way.
On the other hand, there is another option, limiting carbohydrates, so the body burns fat, including body fat, for fuel. This approach leaves the body steadily fueled, and weight is lost, even when more calories are being consumed. Steady fueling also means more constant energy levels all day long, and less hunger and cravings! You can actually lose weight while feeling full! The science behind the low carb principles has been proven by over 80 clinical studies!
If counting calories hasn't worked for you in the past, try a low carb diet, it may be the perfect approach for you!
The longer you consume no more than 20 grams of carbs daily, the more body fat you will burn. It's recommended staying in this phase no later than when you are 15 pounds from your goal weight.
Depending on how much weight you need to lose, you can safely continue with Phase 1 as long as the following three conditions are met:
However, it is important to understand the entire Low Carb Diet Approach. The ultimate goal of the program is to advance from the Phase 1/through Phase 2 and Phase 3, culminating in Phase 4 or Lifetime Maintenance, which should become your permanent way of eating. By following these steps, you can find your own personal carbohydrate balance that maintains your new weight and prevents weight gain. Moving from one phase to another will help you maintain a healthful weight, feel good and decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.
That being said, if you have a great deal of weight to lose, you can certainly stay on Induction for six months or even longer. When you switch to Phase 2, your rate of loss will naturally diminish. On the other hand, if you have a modest weight loss goal, say 20-30 pounds, and lose the first pounds rapidly, you may want to follow the 40 plan so you can establish the good eating habits that will become part of your ongoing lifestyle and end yo-yo dieting.
Independent third-party clinical research has found that the Low Carb Diet reduces risk factors for heart-disease, insulin resistance and diabetes.
Additionally, the average American consumes nearly 130 pounds of added sweeteners each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By eating carbohydrates in moderation, the Low Carb Diet helps individuals (even those without diabetes) maintain stable blood sugar levels, leading to fewer carb cravings and more energy, among other health benefits. Scientific research has consistently found that subjects at a high risk for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) that were following the low-carb approach had improvements in their cholesterol profiles, decreasing their risk of developing CAD.
There are also many digestive benefits that come with following Low Carb Diet. Fiber requirements can be easily met because the Low Carb Diet replaces highly refined, low-fiber carbohydrates with salad greens, fresh vegetables, low sugar fruit, nuts, seeds and whole grains. The diet includes lots of vegetables to replace processed foods, which increases fiber intake. A high-fiber diet is the best way to lower risk factors associated with the colon. Additionally, numerous scientific studies have confirmed that those eating a high-fiber diet have lower cholesterol levels and fewer incidences of heart disease than those on a low-fiber diet.