Understanding the no-carb diet
TO no carbohydrate diet it is different from a low carb diet. It is more intense because zero carbohydrate intake is not allowed. There must be an alternative source of energy in your diet. Fat will be the main source and protein is another backup. Most of your intake on a no-carb diet will be cheese, fish, eggs, and meat.
The natural consequence of this is a ketogenic state as the fat consumed is converted into ketones. Fat oxidation is not the regular adjustment of your metabolic processes that generally depend on carbohydrates. For this reason, a strict no-carbohydrate diet should ideally be reviewed by a doctor, especially if you have any medical conditions that may make it dangerous to try.
To qualify for the zero carbohydrate diet category, your total daily intake must not exceed 50 grams of carbohydrate. However, even when you eat more than that, there is a chance that you will continue to lose weight.
Preparing for a no-carb diet
It is difficult to start such a strict diet without prior preparation. Give yourself time to prepare. Make a list of allowed foods. Don’t assume that because this is a difficult diet, it won’t be delicious. There are many tasty items that can be eaten even with this protocol.
Creativity is the key to enjoying a restricted diet. Be prepared and willing to try different recipes and new meal plans.
First, assess how many carbohydrate calories you are allowed to eat each day. This will depend on your weight loss goals and current body weight. You will quickly find that eating less carbohydrates changes and optimizes your body composition and ratio, leaving you with better metabolic health and better levels of health biomarkers.
The good news is that when you ensure that your glucose and glycogen levels are sufficient to replenish cellular stores, you won’t feel tired or weak even on a strictly carbohydrate-restricted diet. Few dieters complain of fatigue, lack of energy, or feelings of mental boredom.
There is a caveat with very low carb diets. You cannot get enough calories if you are active. Anyone who runs, jogs, skis, or is physically active for long periods of time can manage an adequate calorie intake without including carbohydrates in the diet.
In such circumstances, depriving your body of carbohydrates can lead to tiredness, muscle aches, bone loss, and reduced performance. That is not a desirable situation and your diet plan needs modifications.