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Low-Carb Diets: What The Experts Really Say
Cutting carbs seems to be the easiest and quickest way to lose weight. But how effective is it as a long-term solution? We talk to the experts to give you the lowdown on the pros and cons of low-carb living.
‘Carbohydrates, when consumed excessively, are a major source of fat and weight gain, so cutting carbs out of your diet, combined with a proper fitness routine, shoulddecrease fatand increase muscle definition,’ says nutrition and health expert Vicki Edgson.
‘Low carb diets can promoterapid weight lossbecause, by consuming fewer calories and low carbohydrate foods, the body is forced to dip into itsfat reservesto meet energy requirements,’ says Shona Wilkinson, head nutritionist at The Nutri Centre.
‘When reducing carbohydrates, it’s likely that you arereducing calories, so you can seefast results. Also, anyone who reduces their carbohydrate intake will improve theirinsulin sensitivity, meaning that the carbs they do then consume will be used towards muscle maintenance or growth rather than body fat gain,’ says nutritionist Jonny Stannard of Team Lean.
‘Studies show that the average woman needs no more than500 caloriesa day in the form of carbohydrates, and a lot fewer than that if she’s trying to lose weight,’ says nutritionist Zoe Harcombe. ‘If you’re eating carbohydrates throughout the day then you’restoring fatall day long, no matter what your calorie intake is. If you cut back dramatically on carbohydrates for even one day, your body starts tobreak down fat. It’s simple: eat carbs and gain weight; cut carbs and lose weight.’
‘Sticking to a low-carb program for an extended period can rob you of yourstrength and energy, which can be an issue for those looking to maintain a strongfitness program,’ says Shona.
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