Let me preface this article by saying that nutrition plans (I don't like calling them diets) should vary based on each individual's lifestyle and goals; which is why Team FFD develops customized plans based on a thorough client assessment and consultation.
With that said, in general, eating low-carb tends to yield good results for individuals looking to lose bodyfat/weight. I mean it's pretty well known that refined and processed carbs (white bread, pasta, sugar) contribute to weight gain, so reducing the amount of these in your diet would logically lead to a leaner, fitter you.
Here's what you may experience if you give up refined carbs:
Body Change #1: You BURN FAT
When you stop eating simple carbs your body no longer has readily available calories to burn, so it starts burning stored fat as energy. This equates to fat and inches lost.
Body Change #2: You FEEL LESS HUNGRY
Fat burns longer and slower than simple carbs and so your energy stores will take longer to deplete. This means you will feel less of an urge to eat as often and will find it easier to make it to the next meal.
Low carb nutrition plans generally work best for individuals with an endomorph or mesomorph body type - those who gain weight easily and have a hard time losing it.
Low Carb Body Change #3: You HAVE MORE ENERGY
Living on a diet of simple sugars and refined carbohydrates puts your body in a continual energy roller coaster. Right after you eat your energy is high and then an hour later your energy levels crash. All of that changes once you cut out those simple carbs. The low carb meals that you switch to are filled with nutrient dense foods that sustain your energy levels for hours at a time, saving you from that roller coaster.
Low Carb Body Change #4: Your STOMACH GETS FLATTER
Probably the most coveted of the low carb body changes…once you've been off of simple carbs for a few weeks your stomach will visibly become flatter.
The BEST Carbs
Before you decide to cut bad carbs, it's important to know that there is a big difference between simple, refined carbs (which cause rapid fat storage) and complex carbs (which are necessary and healthy). By switching from simple carbs to more complex carbs like whole-grain options, vegetables and fruit (in moderation) — you'll reap the fat loss benefits and will have a steady flow of energy.
While nutrition is a huge part of being healthy and fit, exercise is a key component in obtaining and sustaining strength, endurance and overall health.
If you need help with a custom fitness and nutrition plan, reach out to one of our Trainers and see if one of our programs is right for you.