Low-Carb Meal Plans
The modern American diet is based heavily on grains; especially wheat. In addition, most people consume large amounts of processed sugar– over 150 pounds per year, on average.
This sort of diet is completely different from what our ancestors ate, and research increasingly indicates that it is at least partly responsible for the modern epidemics of diabetes, heart disease and obesity in Western countries. By switching to low-carb meal plans, you may be able to improve your health and lose weight much more easily than you ever thought possible.
Our bodies process simple carbohydrates completely differently than they process protein, fat, and fiber. Simple carbohydrates end up as sugar in your bloodstream. The body clears this sugar by producing insulin, which tells the cells to use the sugar as energy. In our ancestors, this insulin pathway was rarely used, since they got most of their calories from non-starchy, non-sugary foods. Today, many people eat diets that result in near-constant insulin activity, which can eventually cause the cells to become less sensitive to insulin. When cells become resistant to insulin, it can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and a host of other metabolic problems.
Insulin-related weight gain is a vicious cycle, since blood sugar is fluctuating all of the time. Every time blood sugar drops, it makes you hungry… really hungry. It can also trigger cravings for the very foods that cause the problem to become worse– sugars and starches.
The only way to break the cycle is to switch to a low-carb diet. The first few days of this switch can be difficult, as your body tries to tell you, via cravings, that it needs more of the things that hurt it. If you can stick to your guns, though, and eat protein and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables whenever the hunger and cravings hit, you’ll find before too long that you start to feel better… and the weight starts to come off without feelings of constant hunger and deprivation. Steadily, pound by pound, your belly goes away, your thighs get smaller, your energy increases as you stop abusing your metabolism and start feeding your body the foods it was designed to eat.
That’s the beauty of the low-carb diet. Once you cut out the grains and sugars that are screwing up your metabolism, your body falls back into balance. You can eat whenever you’re hungry, and continue eating until you are full. Start today by checking out our archive of low-carb meal plans HERE, and see what a difference it can make in your life.