While they fill a very important dietary role that directly influences our metabolism and a number of bodily functions, there are clear health benefits of cutting back on carbohydrates, especially if it happens in a strategic manner.
Scheduling your carbs with low and high days is especially efficient.
By eating low to moderate amount of carbohydrates during most days of the week and relatively high amounts on specific training days (especially effective with resistance training), you will feel better, and you will look better.
You will lose weight and your muscle to fat ratio will improve too.
You Will Lose Fat
Cutting back on carbs will promote your fat loss in two different ways. First, it will reduce the amount of calories you consume.
By sticking to a diet mostly consisted of vegetables and lean meat, consuming enough calories to put you into a surplus will be borderline impossible.
Foods high in fibers and low in calories (vegetables) will fill you up very quickly, without you reaching or even getting close to your caloric maintenance level.
That is the level where you neither gain, nor lose weight. Being in a caloric deficit can offer several key advantages to you, including weight loss.
This is obviously the most important, as losing weight is correlated with so many positive bodily reaction, process.
Your blood pressure, glucose levels, liver function, lymphatic system and even the brain’s various processes can all improve, thanks to you simply cutting down on carbs.
Reduced Risk For Diabetes
According to various studies, the first step in the fight against diabetes should always be the implementation of a low-carb diet. The reasons are fairly obvious.
Foods high in simple carbs will be high in simple sugars, because simple carbs are simple sugars. They will raise your glucose levels fast.
When you eat a lot of processed foods high in simple carbs, your pancreas will have to keep up the demand. They do that by producing more insulin.
Unfortunately, when they have to do that frequently, there is a chance that insulin resistance will occur, and type 2 diabetes can follow quickly.
You want to avoid that, and reducing your daily carbohydrate intake can achieve exactly this. When you reduce the consumption of processed foods, you will have nowhere to turn to by high-fiber alternatives.
Taking up a diet like that will reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Improved Energy Levels Throughout The Day
Carbs will give you energy. In fact, simple carbs will give you an insane amount of the readily available type.
If you know that you will be chased by a bear in the next 10 minutes, you should definitely eat some junk food or other simple carbs so you’ll have a puncher’s chance to run away.
In any other scenario? Simple carbs are not recommended. If you, for example, want steady energy throughout the day, you will be much better off consuming something that will gradually offer you the vigor that you so badly need. Oatmeal, beans or brown rice, something like that.
Improved Fat To Muscle Ratio
The No.1 reason why most people start a diet is simple, they want a better body.
The sad truth is that the vast majority of us don’t worry about our health until it becomes compromised. We are far more interested in looking better, because we feel that will result in us living a better life.
In many cases this is actually true. Even ignoring the shallow reasons most of us have for losing weight or gaining muscle, an improved body will likely give us something far more important.
A new-found ability to enjoy our existence a little bit better, and there are several reasons for that.
The simple fact is that when we’re satisfied with our body, our mental output improves tremendously. We become more confident, more relaxed and often more focused as well.
Even if you ignore all this, an improved body will very likely mean that your health improved as well.
Lower carbohydrate intake will result in fat loss. When you lose fat while doing some kind of resistance training (either bodybuilding type of routines or bodyweight exercises), you will see very impressive results.
Leaner men tend to look more muscular while women will have better figures.
Even if you don’t wish to build any muscle, you can achieve a complete aesthetic turnaround by simply allowing your existing muscle mass to show.
The changes can be dramatic, and a reduced carbohydrate intake plays a major part in it, along with resistance training of course.
There is this natural process called glycation, which is now believed to play a major part in the aging process of the skin. We have known for a while now that this process is only partly genetic, and a couple of other major factors including sun exposure and diet are playing key parts in it.
According to this study, a high intake of sugars (which are the simplest carbs there are) deserves at least part of the blame, and easily one of the segments of this whole conundrum that we can actually do something about. A high sugar affects your skin in numerous negative ways.
For starters, it damages the collagen, which is the most abundant protein in our body.
When you realize that some of collagen’s tasks (skin strength and elasticity) are directly correlated with skin health, you may want to put down that bottle of Coke. And that is not all, either.
Luckily, as opposed to skin aging associated with prolonged cell damage (so Son exposure or advanced age), sugar-damaged skin can actually be saved.
You can turn this process around by simply changing up your diet, almost instantly improving the health and aesthetic quality of your skin.