What's the benefit of a low carb diet she asks. I was sharing a ketogenic(very low carb) diet with a family member when she posed the question. This was my response :
I'm glad you asked :). In my opinion the benefit of a low carb lifestyle is to reset you to a healthy carb lifestyle. Our standard american diet (SAD) diet has replaced healthy carbs such as green leafy, cruciferous and root vegetables, whole grains, seeds and legumes with processed HIGH CARB foods including soda, fast food, microwave dinners and sugary snacks. Consequently, we are plagued with chronic preventable diseases including obesity, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
There are several versions of a "low carb" lifestyle, but in essence they are all healthy carb lifestyles promoting whole, fresh foods and discouraging processed foods. So which one is for you? It really depends on your needs because there is research supporting the benefits of all of them.
I have chosen ketogenic for you because for people who want to lose weight without feeling deprived, the high fat helps to keep you satiated and therefore reduces cravings. As you start to meet your goals and feel more confident with the process you can begin to add more carbs. The premise behind a ketogenic diet is that your body doesn't have carbs to burn so it goes right to fat burning. Again, some of the benefits are: losing weight while feeling full, doesn't require concomitant exercise and it helps to reduce cravings to high carb foods and snacks
The body uses carbs for "now" energy and stores some for "later" energy in the muscles and liver. What has happened to most of us with the SAD diet is that we have more carbs than we can use now and liver and muscles have limited storage space. Unfortunately, the excess is stored in fat cells, which have an unlimited amount of room. (go figure).
Sooooooo. What does this all mean? Ha It means that low carb is really a healthy carb lifestyle and each version is a different path that takes you to the same goal: healthy weight, more energy and great health.
Does this mean that you cant have the 30 layer cake from COSTCO ever again? Absolutely not! It means that you will learn to love new things and that with time you will learn to live by the 80/20 rule.
I hope that I've answered your question.