What Happens When You Cut Carbs To Lose Weight? Test yourself or your friends to find out how much you know about this popular weight loss trend. Answers follow the questions.
1. Right or wrong. The idea of cutting carbohydrates to lose weight originated with Dr. Robert Atkins.
2. Right or wrong. Low-carb / high-protein diets suppress appetite better than traditional low-calorie diets.
3. Right or wrong. French fries, soft drinks, and pizza are typical low-carb foods.
4. Right or wrong. Dieters who exclude all carbohydrate foods typically consume 500 fewer calories per day.
5. Right or wrong. Much of the initial weight loss in low-carb dieters is due to water loss in the muscles and liver.
6. Right or wrong. Bad breath can be a common side effect of low-carb diets.
7. Right or wrong. In the first few weeks, it’s common for a low-carb dieter to lose up to 5 pounds or more.
8. Right or wrong. Cutting carbohydrates is a great way to strengthen the body before an intense workout.
9. Right or wrong. On a low-carb diet, you can eat anything you want and still lose weight.
10. Right or wrong. If you want a lean, healthy body, all you have to do is cut carbs.
1. Wrong. Long before the madness of South Beach and Atkins, William Banting reported in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine in 1863 that he lost 46 pounds and was never hungry eating a low-carb / high-protein diet.
2. Right. Carbohydrate restriction increases the production of chemicals called ketones that reduce food cravings. Therefore, low-carb / high-protein diets are better at lowering appetite than high-carb diets.
3. Wrong. A lunch that consists of a slice of pizza, a soft drink, and some french fries typically makes 100 grams of carbohydrates – more than double the daily intake of most low-carb diets.
4. Right. Being conscientious about carb will limit options and help suppress appetite. Unless dieters consume too much low-carb foods, their caloric intake will most likely decrease.
5. Right. Thirsty? You may not be, but your muscles are. Water loss is responsible for much of the early rapid loss of body weight. Much of this water is lost as the carbohydrate stores from the muscles and liver are used up.
6. Right. Hit the bar? Blame it on your diet, not your body. Ketones – sources of very bad breath – are made when low-carb dieters replace carbohydrates with fat.
7. Right. It is not uncommon to lose 5 or more pounds in the first few weeks of a strict low-carb diet. This is a dramatic difference from traditional low-calorie diets, which lose an average of 1 to 2 pounds a week.