Low Calorie? Low Carb? Which is Better For You?
Before considering any weight loss plan it is best to be informed. Today I am going to explain the difference between low-calorie weight loss plans and low-carb weight loss plans. We will explore the pros and cons of each plan so you can make the best decision possible for your personal lifestyle.
Low-Carb Plans: Are plans that restrict carbohydrate consumption. Foods such as breads and pasta are high in digestible carbohydrates. These foods are either limited or replaced with foods that are high in protein, fats, and other low-carb foods as green leafy vegetables.
Pros: Fast weight loss You do not go hungry Eat good foods Easy to get started
Cons: Giving up breads and pasta Giving up common bakery items Giving up most snack items Bland food choices Expensive
Let’s discuss a couple of each in detail. Low-carb weight loss plans are fairly easy to get started. With cutting out several items from your diet such as breads and pastas you are left with meats and veggies. So although they are easy to get started it can be an expensive way to go.
You can lose weight at a fast pace cutting out carbohydrates. This is true you can drop the pounds pretty fast by not eating carbs but loading up on proteins, fats, and veggies instead. Although this is a fact it is not as realistic as it may appear. Giving up specific foods can lead to binge eating or giving up and gaining the weight back. If you are a strong willed person this con may not make a difference to you in the least bit.
Low-Calorie plans: Are plans that a person consumes less than the amount of calories needed to maintain their current weight. There are no specific food restrictions but there are caloric restrictions.
Pros: No food restrictions Easy to follow Food industry requires food labels to provide calorie counts Several free sources to aid in calorie counting Fast weight loss
Cons: Food choices based of calories alone could have negative effect on nutrition Going to low can cause you to have complications such as feeling nauseous Underestimating calories Self control
Let’s take a closer look at the low-calorie pros and cons. Low-calorie weight loss plans have no food restrictions. You can enjoy anything you desire however you have to count the calories accurately in order to be successful. Almost all packaged foods and several restaurants now have calorie counts listed on labels or menus which can make a low-calorie weight loss plan appealing. Since you can enjoy anything you desire some people lack the self control to stop when they have reached their limit.
In conclusion both low-calorie and low-carb plans have their own advantages and disadvantages. Now that you know more specific information you can apply the plan that is right for your lifestyle. If you are strong willed and can cut foods out and never turn back then a low-carb plan might be your fit. On the flip side if you want to continue to enjoy all foods and have the self control to stop when your limit is reached a low-calorie weight loss plan could be your best bet.
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