It’s simple mathematics, you see. You consume calories through food (mostly carbohydrates) and burn them off to carry out metabolic activities like digestion, blood circulation, breathing, etc as well as physical activities like walking, running, sitting, and standing.
Burn more calories than you consume or consume fewer calories than you burn and your body will start drawing energy from the stored fat in your body instead of the food you eat.
Cut the ultimate source of carbs from your diet and your body is sure to get into a fat-burning mode. Or so, you think. And this notion simply sets the tone for carb-cutting from your diet in a bid to lose weight.
Yes, this math of calories in versus calories out is effective for losing weight.
However, it can become really dangerous
“Carbohydrates are primarily a source of immediate energy for all the body’s cells,” says renowned nutritionist and lifestyle educator Karishma Chawla.
“The recommended dosage of carbohydrates is approximately 100-120 gm per day to prevent ketosis (the stage when body starts taking energy from stored fat instead of food) and sustain energy levels,” she adds.
Not meeting this requirement by cutting down too many carbs from your diet can result in withdrawal symptoms such as brain fog, headache, low energy, irritability or mood swings, according to her.
In fact, several studies have proven that cutting down carbohydrates drastically can actually make you gain weight by making you lose muscle and as a result, slowing down your metabolism.
So be careful while you’re at it
While cutting carbs can lead to weight loss, not being smart about it can actually backfire and lead to bad breath, weakness, muscle cramps, fatigue, constipation, nutritional deficiencies, and poor health in the long run, says Ms. Avni Kaul, nutritionist, wellness coach, and founder, NutriActivania. Hence, she suggests the right ways to do so:
So, before you opt for that low-carb diet for weight loss, make wise choices.