The results are in. Low carb ketogenic diets work.
Most keto practitioners report feeling fewer cravings, greater energy and an amazing sense of well-being while on a low-carbohydrate diet. And these are just pleasing side effects to the main goal of weight loss, with stubborn pounds melting away.
This is not just word-of-mouth “gym science” either. The outcome is typically up to three times fat lost versus study participants assigned a low-fat diet!
With this now mainstream knowledge in hand, many people looking to trim down and feel great are using low to mid-level carb diets to their benefit.
But what about taking it one step further and restricting all carbohydrates? Is there anything to be gained by adopting a zero-carb diet?
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A Short History of Zero Carb Eating
The Godfather of modern low and zero carb eating is undoubtedly Vilhjalmur Stefansson. Stefansson was an Arctic Explorer at the turn of the last century who spent extended periods with the North American Inuit peoples, living and hunting with them and consuming their traditional diet.
This diet contained mostly fat and very few carbohydrates. Stefansson observed the positive effects on himself and on those who came along on his expeditions, noting a decrease in body fat and an increase in strength, endurance and vigor.
He also witnessed the near-perfect health of the Inuit, and the lack of obesity in this population. Upon returning to civilization he wrote about his experiences and published articles and books detailing his findings.
The dietary scientists of the time were skeptical as to the suitability of all-meat eating for humans, so in 1928 Stefansson and a colleague entered Bellevue Hospital in New York City to participate in a controlled study of the all meat diet.
The pair maintained an all animal product diet for a year, and were routinely tested for deficiencies of vitamins and minerals.
During this period, it was found that not only were the two men not deficient in any way, but reported increased health and vigor during the year-long experiment!
Stefanson’s principles of eating were adopted by many during this period, and again later in the century, his works would be used by the Low-carb and Paleo movements.
These dietary guidelines are still growing in popularity, leading many to conclude that a low carbohydrate diet is the best path in the goal of healthy living.
Who is going zero carb, and why?
This way of eating has not been studied as thoroughly as traditional low-carb diets. A low-carb diet can contain up to one-hundred and fifty grams of carbs, depending on the dieter’s activity level.
At the low end, a ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet contains no more than twenty grams of carbs a day, and is designed to induce the physical state of ketosis in the body.
Ketosis is when the body uses ketones, which are the by-products of fat digestion in the body, instead of glucose as energy.
A zero-carb eating plan is simply a step up, excluding all plant matter and consisting of only zero-carb options from the animal kingdom such as fatty meat, cheese, butter and eggs.
Until academia catches up, practitioners of this revolutionary eating plan are making their voices heard on blogs and in interviews!
Kelly Hogan has been living this lifestyle for years now, and has recently celebrated one million views to her blog, My Zero Carb Life. She’s been interviewed by several major media outlets, and credits her diet with maintaining her low body fat and high energy levels.
She has even had a perfectly healthy baby while zero-carbing.
Zero Carb Health is a popular blog run by individuals using the zero-carb diet for greater health, and has lots of personal stories and tricks for maintaining this lifestyle. People who have experienced this diet have the opportunity to share their knowledge with readers from all over the world.
Many like the simplicity of the diet as it allows for more time spent outside the kitchen. Other like to ask different questions and receive answer from the people who have also tried this diet.
Some users like to share their problems with other users or readers and advise them what to do in care something similar happens to them too.
Dietary Advice for The Zero Carb Diet
- Eat only produce from the animal kingdom and try to eat the fattiest parts first.
- Do not eat produce from the plant kingdom. Although many scientists talk about the healing properties of plants, that does not mean they can also be used for getting rid of unwanted kilos.
- Avoid eating milk and yogurt, as they are well known for their properties of adding fat to an organism.
- In order to preserve nutrients, consider cooking the meat rare. Although it will dry and make it a little tough, the procedure will ensure getting rid of all the unwanted fats.
- You are allowed to eat animal fat, but try to avoid eating organ meats and do not take supplements.
- Vegetable oils are not allowed, so try to stay as far away from them as possible. You can use spices, though. They can add taste to almost every recipe.
- Salt is not permitted, as it is well known for its properties of retaining water in the organism. Although you are advised to drink as much water as possible, this is different from using salt when cooking. Water alone promotes weight loss and helps to flush out toxins.
- One important rule you should always take into account is to eat as often as you are hungry. Try eating often but small portions. Do not over-saturate.
From stay-at-home moms to busy professionals and blue-collar workers, many people are coming forward with their success stories using the simple, yet effective zero carb diet.
Maybe it will work for you too! If you have decided this is what you need, set some goals, make sure you follow all the rules and take into account all the advice that can lead you to the desired result.