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Why you shouldn’t cut carbs during Ideal Protein weight loss

December 3rd, 2018
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With many fad protein diets, we have been taught carbohydrates are the enemy and should be avoided at all costs. Arnold Schwarzenegger went so far as to avoid any white foods as they were the type of food most commonly associated with bread, sugar and other nutritionally empty foods. While most Americans eat far too many carbs, having absolutely no carbs can be counterproductive for your protein weight loss. Rehab Access explains why you should still eat some carbs during the Ideal Protein weight loss program.

The body’s primary energy source

Of the three macronutrients; fats, proteins and carbohydrates, carbs are the easiest for your body to convert into usable energy. The vast majority of this energy is dedicated to cellular respiration converting the oxygen we breathe into energy while exhaling carbon dioxide and water. Having no carbohydrates for your body to use for energy can include:

  • Headaches
  • Frequent urination
  • Intense cravings
  • Shakiness or weakness

While some of these side effects are temporary while the body detoxes from a high-sugar diet, constant weakness can be a big problem during protein weight loss.

Finding the right amount of carbohydrates

While the goal of protein weight loss is to have your body burn its excess fat stores for energy by lowering carbohydrate intake, the body still needs some carbs for normal brain and lung function. Generally, your body will only need about 20 grams of carbohydrates per day to be healthy and still be able to achieve protein weight loss.

Most people vastly overestimate how small 20 grams is, but fortunately, Ideal Protein meals are formulated to include the carbohydrates needed for healthy body function. As long as you stick with the protocol, your body will have the right balance of macronutrients it needs to function while you continue your protein weight loss journey.

Ideal Protein weight loss

Making a lifestyle change such as resolving to lose weight by eating better is never easy. It requires hard work and dedication to learn new ways of doing things. This is why Ideal Protein weight loss has you meet with a coach once a week to help you better respond to challenges you may have in the protocol and answer any questions about what you can or should eat.

If you or a loved one has struggled with dieting before and want to learn how a medically-derived weight loss program can help you, then you should contact Rehab Access to schedule a consultation today.