Following a low-carb diet can have many health benefits

Feel the Benefits of a Low Carb Diet with Love Yourself

Everyone is unique and there is no magic diet that will suit everyone. However, following a low-carb diet can have many health benefits, from weight loss to the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Love Yourself has released a new low-carb meal plan as they believe a lower-carb diet results in the most weight loss and provides the most health benefits while remaining a sustainable way of eating in the long term.

Here are some of the most significant:

1. Prevention or management of type 2 diabetes

There is a big reason why low-carb diets are so popular among clinicians and diabetic persons. Maintaining stable blood glucose levels is important to prevent complications associated with diabetes. As carbohydrates have the biggest impact on our blood sugar and insulin level, reducing the amount we eat each day in turn reduces the amount of glucose entering our bloodstream. 

2. Weight loss

The most researched area in the ‘low-carb’ space is weight loss. It is also one of the main reasons why people first consider a low carb diet, and to be frank a low carb diet's weight-management power cannot be denied. Seeing as carbs are no longer the main source of energy, fat stores are used to burn energy instead. 

It’s also been proven that a low-carb diet produces fewer feelings of hunger, with dieters maintaining a much better mood than they do on other diets. 

Side note: Since being overweight or obese is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, it is important to consider how effective a low-carb diet is for weight loss. 

3. Increased energy

Most of us are used to all the refined carbs with big plates of pasta or munching on granola bars to get that boost. No one will argue that sugar doesn’t give you a quick boost, but it will also leave you crashing later. Eating a heavy-carb diet causes your blood sugar levels to fluctuate. Meaning your energy levels act a bit like a rollercoaster - going up and down. 

Eating a low-carb diet will stabilise blood sugar levels, preventing the rollercoaster effect altogether. After a week or so, of eating low carb, you will feel more energised overall. 

4. Minimising LDL (bad) cholesterol & preventing heart disease

I am sure you’re thinking about how this can be, especially considering there is fat present in a low-carb meal plan. However, even though research has shown a link between increased fat intake and high cholesterol levels, large meta-analyses have found no relationship between fat intake and cardiovascular (heart) disease. 

This suggests that lowering carb intake and replacing it with increased, and healthy sources of, protein and fat will not increase the risk of heart disease, as once thought. Still not convinced? Another suggested theory of why low-carb diets protect against heart disease is that they help to protect our blood vessels – from damage and blood clotting. 

5. Reduced inflammation

If you dive deeper into various illnesses, you will find that they all tend to have one thing in common: inflammation. Anxiety, depression, fatigue, heart disease, and autoimmune condition, all seemingly unrelated health problems, have their roots in inflammation. 

To be clear, not all inflammation is inherently bad. When you catch a virus, acute inflammation is there to help repair damaged tissue and help fight off the intruder. But chronic inflammation over time fuels health problems. Refined, sugar-laden and certain starchy carbohydrates cause inflammation. By reducing these in your diet, will in turn reduce inflammation. Sticking to a low-carb diet that includes fiber-rich carbohydrates, that are packed with powerful antioxidants and bioactive compounds, can prevent free radical damage and reduce inflammation. 

6. Managing PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic disease that is correlated with abnormal glucose and androgen (natural or synthetic steroid hormone) metabolism. This hormonal issue affects close to 10 percent of all women and causes many problems such as weight-loss resistance and fertility issues. Studies have shown that following a low-carb diet can help manage insulin sensitivity and therefore, is a good natural treatment for this disease.

Apart from the above benefits, there are many other health benefits that come from following a low-carb diet. Improved mental clarity, calmer digestive systems, reduced sugar craving, etc. Some people experience even more improvements, some of which can be life-changing: lower blood pressure, fewer migraines, lessened acne,  and more.

If you’re curious to boost your health, following a low-carb diet could be worth considering. For a range of healthy, freshly prepared meals that are delivered to your door visit Prices from £15 per day.

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