A few decades ago, Dr Atkins made the low carb diet popular. Low carb or zero carb diet has been gaining popularity in India for over a decade now. Most weight loss centres will advise clients to give up carbohydrates. This usually works. A diet that is low in carbs and high in proteins does assist in weight loss. But at what cost?
Did you know that Gluten is not the only thing in carbohydrates? Carbs also contain a good amount of fibre. This fibre is the reason why you enjoy that feeling of fullness after eating rice, roti or pasta. The fibre in our food feeds the guts bacteria and helps in maintaining a healthy gut environment. Carbohydrates are essential for digestive health and regular excretion of waste. When the body is deprived of carbohydrates, it affects the brain in a negative way. You may experience loss of clarity, fogginess, depression or anxiety in the absence of a well balanced diet with ample quantity of complex carbs.
Doctors advise that we should not fall for fad diets. The only way to achieve sustainable weight loss is a combination of diet and exercise. Try to remove simple carbs like sugar, white rice, white pasta and white bread from your diet. But do include complex carbs like sweet potatoes, whole wheat roti, brown rice etc in your daily diet.