No carb diet for weight loss can be described as a very intense version of a low carb diet.
Good examples of a no carb diet or low carb diet are the Ketogenic diet and Atkins diet.
The Atkins diet is used as a quick solution for dropping body fat, but is also sometimes used in therapy for those with epilepsy. Like the name suggests, a no carb diet consists mainly of consuming protein and fats with almost no carbs. This means eating only meat, eggs, cheese and fish, with some dairy products. Note that you always should consult with your doctor before trying any diet, mainly because of potential side effects on your body and mind.
In a previous article we discussed being on a low fat diet.
A Keto (or Ketogenic) diet is high fat, no carb diet program. It’s name comes from the process of turning body fat into ketones (used as fuel) when all the glycogen (carbs) is depleted from the body. Often a no carb diet is prescribed for people with epilepsy as a control measure for seizures or when the person has a low response to medications. However, small quantities of carbs are allowed to be consumed when this diet is used as an epilepsy treatment.
Because the process of ketosis, your body begins to use stored body fat as fuel. One particular group of athletes – bodybuilders, use this diet as a tool for dropping fat and water, and retaining muscle mass during the cutting phase of their pre-contest preparations.
What do you eat on a no carb diet ?
Usually the foods used in a no carb diet are high in protein and fat. The base of the diet could be pork or beef and eggs, or alternatively meats such as lamb can be used. Also, any type of oily fish are appropriate (and probably more healthy than pork or beef) including tuna, salmon and herring. If you want to use lean meats like poultry, that’s fine, but you will most likely need to take supplement your diet with oils like fish or flaxseed oil to fulfill daily caloric requirements.
Will it benefit me?
A no carb diet, particularly one where you exclude eating eggs, pork and cheese can feel very restricting. You would have to prepare most of your food just using plant oil, small amounts of dried spices and salt. Everything else that contains carbs like vegetables, dairy, fresh fruit, legumes, soy products, nuts and seeds are not on the menu. Your usual daily food menu could end up looking like steak for breakfast, chicken breast for lunch and fish for dinner. As far as weight loss goes, a big study of 13 different randomized controlled trials, 5 outcomes revealed significant weight loss from a ketogenic-style diet.
It can go sour
Being on a no carb diet for long periods of time can put a stress on your kidneys and liver and also result in headaches, nausea, fatigue and bad breath as your body switches its primary fuel from carbs to fats. However this diet is not intended to be a long term weight loss plan and is used for fast weight drop. If you’re considering it make sure that you consult with your doctor before.