As you go about figuring out which diet to use to reach your bodyweight goal, one question that you might ask yourself is the difference between low carb diets and low fat diets.
Both diets have proven to be rather effective as individuals have had success on either approach.
But, which is right for you?
Let’s have a look at a few key questions that you’ll want to ask yourself when choosing between the low carb and low fat approaches. While picking a diet may feel overwhelming at first, when you stop and consider what your needs really are, it gets much easier.
What Is Your Insulin Sensitivity Like?
The very first thing that you’ll want to ask yourself is what your insulin sensitivity is like.
This generally refers to how well you handle a high amount of carbs in your meal plan.
To assess this, think back to the last time you had a very high carb meal – say a plate of pasta.
How did you feel afterwards?
Did you feel energized and great?
Or did you feel tired and bloated?
If you felt tired and bloated, this means you don’t handle carbs all that well and would likely do better on a lower carb approach.
How Active Do You Plan To Be?
Next you want to think about how active you intend to be. The more high intensity exercise you want to perform each week, the more carbs you’re going to need.
Since carbs are the only source of fuel that can be used during this form of activity, you can’t cut them out of your diet completely.
Those who aren’t exercising all that much or just doing lower intensity forms of exercise can get away with much lower carb approaches. Those who are very active will need to go higher.
What Are Your Food Preferences?
Also check in on what your food preferences are. Diet adherence is a huge key to success so if you hate the diet you’re on, you’re never going to get results anyway because you won’t be following it.
Stop and think about what your food preferences are.
Do you naturally gravitate to foods that are higher in fat such as cheese, nuts, and nut butters?
Or do you prefer carb based foods such as brown rice, pasta, cereals, and fruit?
Your answer to this could dictate which form of diet you should be using. At the end of the day it really does boil down to how many calories you consume so if you can keep your calorie intake under control on either plan, it will deliver results.
Do You Deal With Hunger Frequently?
Finally, the last question to ask yourself is how well you deal with hunger. If you’re someone who always seems to be hungry during the day, then you’d likely really enjoy a lower carb diet plan. These diets tend to calm hunger pains since there is very little blood sugar fluctuations, so for that reason tend to be easier to stick with.
Some people have no issues with hunger either way, so then this won’t matter and a higher carb diet will be fine for them.
So there you have the main factors to remember as you set your diet plan up. If you can keep these in mind when browsing through the available plans, you’ll have a good chance of making a smart decision for yourself.