For the past decade, the dieting world has clung to the belief that the best possible way to lose weight is to go on a low-carb diet. But recent studies have proven that not only are low-carb diets bad ideas, they are also a great way to gain a lot more weight, albeit in the long run. The main reason for this is that people naturally crave carbohydrates and if the body is refused its desire, it will crave it even more. Here are five reasons why you should avoid these low-carb diets and return to eating bread.
Low-carb diets will make you feel sadder and more stressed
According to a recent study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, depriving yourself of carbohydrates will make you feel sadder and more stressed. This is because carbohydrates effect your mood-regulating hormones that are also in charge of your stress levels. By limiting your carbohydrates, you are inadvertently making yourself sadder and harder to get along with, which may explain why you are snapping at your husband all the time.
Low-carb diets will make you gain more weight, not lose it
Because you are more stressed and much sadder (and irritable) you are likely to fall off the wagon and give into your cravings. Stress increases your cortisol levels. Cortisol boosts your appetite and makes you want to dive into a buffet table. As a result, your precious low-carb diet has made you add a few more pounds.
Low-carb diets make you bloated
One of the most common side effects of a low-carb diet is constipation, since you are likely not getting the required fiber. And what’s the main symptom of constipation? A bloated belly. This is the reason why you can’t button up your favorite pair of jeans, not the piece of toast you had with breakfast.
According to a recent study, 68 percent of people on low-carb diets complained of constipation compared to only 30 percent of the non-dieting world.
Low-carb diets won’t last
The fact of the matter is that people on a low-carb diet are not likely to stick with it in the long term. According to a recent study, 78 percent of people on low-carb diets will eventually kick it to the curb within two years, compared to 90 percent of dieters on a regular carbohydrate diet. It may be easy to go on a low-carb diet for a few months, but the problem is that it is simply not sustainable as a lifestyle choice.
The cravings are too much in a low-carb diet
In a study conducted by the University of Toronto, 90 women were broken into two groups: a low-carb diet group and regular diet group. After three days, the women were brought back together for breakfast and both groups were told to have anything they wanted. Those women in the low-carb diet group binged on carbohydrates such as croissants and bagels, which are also high in calories. The women on the regular diet followed along with their diet, not buckling under the pressure.