Lowering your carbohydrate intake is one of the most popular ways that many control their weight. Practiced with advice and correct knowledge it can help gain weight, maintain body weight or lose weight and fat. However, with so much information around it might prove an overwhelming task to figure out exactly how you can control your carb intake. To make things a little simpler here are three ways you can enter the low-carb life.
The Ketogenic Diet
This eating plan involves reducing carbs to induce a metabolic state called ketosis. It's a very dynamic way of losing fat. When in a state of ketosis insulin levels are lowered and the body releases fatty acids, from its fat stores, which transfer to the liver. The liver then works to turn the fats in to ketones which are water-soluble molecules that can supply energy to the brain. Therefore, instead of carbs, the brain begins to rely largely on ketones.
There are thousands of healthy Keto recipes that you can follow for reducing, maintaining for gaining body weight in this way. Most of all, M-EAT! biltong fits perfectly with the Keto lifestyle and can be invaluable in adding flavour and texture to your recipes.
The Paleo Diet
The Paleo is another popular way of eating healthily for achieving weight goals. This lifestyle encourages eating foods that were available in the Paleolithic era. Yep, you read that right! According to this system of eating, returning to the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors will improve our health and wellbeing and strengthen our immune systems.
A paleo diet is not low-carb by definition but is definitely so in practice. It consists mainly of whole foods with emphasis on meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. The diet eliminates processed foods, added sugar, grains and dairy products. It is however, still possible to eat exciting meals ideas that follow the rules. Furthermore, you will still be able to enjoy M-EAT! biltong should you choose to honour our ancestors through food. Biltong after all is the food of ancient South African travellers. It kept them satiated and gave them enough protein to help them keep up.
The Atkins Diet
Perhaps the best known of all low-carb diets is The Atkins eating plan. It's a safe, tried and tested method that has been over 40 years in the making. It involves reducing all high-carb foods and eating protein and fat as desired. The diet is introduced to your life in stages:
- Induction: Eat less than 20 grams of carbs per day for two weeks.
- Balancing: Slowly introduce nuts, low-carb vegetables and fruit to your diet.
- Fine-tuning: Increase carbs as you get closer to your goal weight to slow down weight loss.
- Maintenance: Eat as many healthy carbs as your body tolerates without gaining back the weight lost.
Followers of the Atkins method swear by it and the lifestyle counts many a famous name as devotees. As with most low-carb lifestyles biltong can be easily and effectively incorporated in to the Atkins diet. With as much as 61% protein in every 100 grams M-EAT! is in fact a perfect fit for it.
Happy m-eating one and all!