Diet without Carbs and Sugar
Last updated on May 31st, 2018
Sticking to no carb/no sugar diet is akin to practicing a kind of asceticism. On the one hand, it is obvious that fueling by fats, vitamins and minerals only may be a rather challenging task beyond the power of most people. On the other, any activity, which requires deprivation of something you are genetically accustomed to, may be potentially unhealthy.
However, there are proponents of the so-called paleo diet, and these guys are numerous. So, let’s get to know if cutting carbs and sugar out of your nutrition is really the healthiest and totally natural eating habit.
Do All Macronutrients Matter?
Most people, that stick to healthy nutrition or are determined to do that, are generally accustomed to the fact that a healthy diet is always a balanced diet that should contain two major elements: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients (more commonly known as macros) are carbohydrates, proteins and fatty acids.
These biomolecules are considered to be essential, as they perform numerous roles in our bodies both separately and in a combination with each other. Micronutrients – vitamins and minerals – in their turn help you digest and assimilate macros before the latter are transformed into a sort of energy fuel that you need to function.
Knowing this very well and hearing someday that you can substantially reduce carbs (or even cut those out completely) raises some doubts. However, this is true and there a few facts that confirm the idea that not all macronutrients matter:
Details on Low-Carb Diet
There is a number of names this kind of diet is given (e.g., paleolithic, paleo, caveman and stone-age) and ways it is usually interpreted. The core, however, is always the same: either complete elimination of carbs or reducing those to 20-30 grams a day.
While the former is rather a drastic measure, the latter has become a basis for many low-carb/no-carb diets.
“Among the most well-known diet plans ketogenic, Atkins and Dukan are usually mentioned.”
Being more or less different, these have proved their high effectiveness in not only contributing to greater loss of excess weight but improving the metabolism and controlling certain diseases (e.g., seizures).
In regard to the latter, the ketogenic diet is usually mentioned as the most vivid example. Being classified as a therapeutic diet (only 8 grams of carbs per 1,000 calories) it is prescribed with an aim to reduce seizure activity when the body burns fat rather than carbs for energy fuel.
Is Cutting Carbs That Needed?
In some cases, it is really so. If the diet is proven to control the disease, bring it to steady remission or even reverse, following even the strictest diet plan must be a healthy option. If, however, the major objective is getting lean mass without excess weight setback, you should think twice if you are really ready for measures of that kind. Cutting out one of the major nutrients can be unexpected in the results brought. That’s why prior to doing this always make adjustments based on your health response.