4 Effects of Carb Dieting

There is no doubt that low carb dieting can help with weight loss. Low carb diets, such as the atkins diet and the south beach diet, help you lose weight by burning your body fat right off (because your diet does not provide instant energy from eating carbohydrates). With a low carb diet, your body stops depending on sugars from carbohydrates, and your blood sugar levels will become steadier over time.

Effect 1: Weight Loss

Low carb diets have helped millions of people shed excess pounds and body fat. During the first week or two, most of the weight lost will be water weight. After the first few weeks, you should start successfully shedding body fat.

Effect 2: Changes in Blood Sugar Levels

As your body adjusts to a low carb diet, your blood sugar levels will even out. While this is helpful for most people, if you have diabetes, you may need to adjust your medication. Be sure to talk with your health care provider before beginning any new low carb or low fat diet plan or exercise program.

Effect 3: Bad Breath

Many people notice bad breath when they start a low carb diet. This is caused by the breakdown of food in your stomach. Drinking water and eating more parsley, basil and leafy green vegetables can combat bad breath.

Effect 4: Constipation

Because there is low fiber content in low carb diets, constipation is a common side effect of carb dieting. Drinking water can help resolve constipation issues. For most people, constipation will resolve itself after the first few weeks.

For most people, the effectiveness of losing weight with low carb diets outweighs the minor side effects. If you have any major troublesome side effects while trying a low carb diet, consult with your health care provider. You may need to make further adjustments to your diet or take vitamin supplements in order to successfully lose weight with a low carb diet. It is important to remember that your body depends on carbs for energy, so don’t cut out this food group entirely (just reduce it). The carbs you do consume should be comprised of whole grains, and not refined white flour.


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