2-Day Carb Diet – Does it Work?
What if I told you that you can cut carbs and lose weight rapidly? What if I told you that you can cut carbs for 2 days and still lose weight? Well, it’s true! An intermittent low carb diet allows people to eat regular or satisfying the other 5 days. No longer will people have to starve to diet, this 2-day low carb diet is effective according to a study in the UK.
“British researchers found that women who essentially gave up carbs for two days and ate normally the rest of the time dropped about 9 pounds on average, as compared to the 5 pounds lost by women who cut back to around 1,500 calories every day, according to a report presented at the CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.” nbcnews.com The theory behind this study was to find a diet that would be easy to follow and reduce the potential for breast cancer by cutting carbs.
This diet does not compare to the Atkins or any other no carb diet but it simply limits and eliminates key carbs on certain days. When you consume carbs and sugars your body goes through the process of storing for future use. Carbs and sugars are converted to fat for easy storage. So when you cut out or limit carbs as well as sugar your body burns the stored fat thereby allowing weight loss. Primarily avoid foods that are sugar based since it is a carb in itself.
Some of the foods you should avoid if you curbing out carbs for weight loss are:
- Sugar. Both natural and man-produce. Syrup, honey, pasta, flour, fruits and some vegetables as well as generally white flour products
- Green vegetables
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sugary drinks
- Pre-sweetened cereals
“Simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, are made of just one or two sugar molecules. They’re a quick source of energy because they’re very rapidly digested,” (www.lifescript.com) while complex carbs like the leafy green vegetables, whole grains and pasta are stored for future use and attribute to weight gain if not burned.
So the idea behind the 2-day carb diet is to rest the body from carbs every two days. At the time of consumption, you should actually limit carbs and sugars, then eliminate carbs and sugars for two days in order to burn during rest days. This will produce weight loss. Generally, exercise and drinking plenty of water will help the process.