Top 10 Low Carb Myths

There is a lot of misinformation about XLR8 and low carb eating.  Most is from people that have not done the research and found out how important low carb eating is to weight loss and studies show the fact that low carb is an excellent choice.

 Here is a list of myths for you

 1. We eat no carbs

We are low carb not no carbs, meaning we still have carbs we just restrict them to 20 grams a day till we reach our goal.

2. Low-Carb is a fad diet

There are many 'fad' diets on the market XLR8 is a way of living and not a fad diet. Once people start their ride with XLR8 they realise why they have never lost weight in the past and they know now this is the way to ensure they never get back on the roller coaster of dieting.

Low carb eating has also been popular for decades. In fact, the first Atkins book was published in 1972, 5 years before the first set of low-fat dietary guidelines in America.

If we look even further back, the first low-carb book was published in 1863 and was wildly popular at the time. 

3. Low-Carb Diets Are Hard to Stick to

Many people think low carb eating is hard to stick to, especially when we tell them they need to give up processed food like bread.  Low carb eating is not hard to stick to when you are equipped with the right information, recipes and tips.  There is not much you miss out on following XLR8

4. We eat too much protein 

We eat a moderate amount of protein.  If you eat too much protein this can also switch to glucose. So its important to eat at least 1 -1.5 grams of protein to your body weight.

5. Most of The Weight Lost Comes From Water Weight

The body stores significant amounts of carbs in the muscles and liver.

This is a storage form of glucose, known as glycogen. It is used to supply the body with glucose between meals.

Stored glycogen in the liver and muscles tends to bind some water.

When we cut carbs, the glycogen stores go down, and we lose significant amounts of water weight.

Additionally, low-carb diets lead to a drastic reduction in insulin levels. When insulin goes down, the kidneys shed excess sodium and water out of the body.

For these reasons, low-carb diets lead to a substantial and almost immediate reduction in water weight.

This is often used as an argument against low-carb diets, and it is claimed that the only reason for their weight loss advantage is the reduction in water weight.

However, this is false. Low-carb diets reduce water weight, but studies show that they also cause a greater reduction in body fat – especially from the liver and abdominal area where the harmful belly fat is located.

One 6-week long study on low-carb diets showed that the participants lost 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) of fat, but gained 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg) of muscle.

Also, the reduction in water weight is a good thing. It makes no sense to use this as an argument against low-carb diets. Who would possibly want to carry around 5-10 (or more) pounds of excess water that they don’t need?

SOURCE : Authority Nutrition

6. There is no variety in our diet

We eat a wide range of food, when you go low carb, your diet will consist of meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthy fats.  The variety in our food is limited only by your imagination and creativity when it comes to creating delicious meals.

7. The Brain Needs Glucose (Carbs) to Function

Many people wrongly believe that the brain can not function without carbs in the diet.

It is claimed that carbs are the preferred fuel for the brain, and that it needs about 130 grams of carbs per day.

This is partly true. Some cells in the brain can not use any fuel except glucose (carbs).

However, other parts of the brain are actually perfectly capable of using ketones for fuel.

If carbs are reduced sufficiently to induce ketosis, then a large part of the brain stops using glucose and starts using ketones instead.

That being said, even with lots of ketones in the blood, some parts of the brain still needs glucose.

This is where a metabolic pathway called gluconeogenesis becomes important. When we don’t eat carbs, the body (mostly liver) can produce glucose out of protein and by-products of fat metabolism.

Because of ketosis and gluconeogenesis, we don’t actually need to eat a single gram of carbohydrate – at least not for the purpose of fueling the brain.

After the initial adaptation phase is over, many people report having even better brain function on a low-carb diet.

SOURCE : Authority Nutrition

8. We are tired as the body needs carbs for energy

Most people report that they have never had so much energy since being on XLR8. Fat is a far more sustaining fuel than carbs. Once we use up all our stored carbs (glycogen) we switch to fat burning mode. We have an almost unlimited supply of energy in our fat stores. XLR8 Three also helps with providing energy

9. Ketosis is dangerous

There is a lot of confusion about ketosis.

When we eat very little carbs (such as less than 20 grams per day), insulin levels go down and a lot of fat is released from the fat cells.

When the liver gets flooded with fatty acids, it starts turning them into substances called ketone bodies, or ketones.

These are molecules that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, supplying energy for the brain during starvation or when we don’t eat any carbs.

However, many people seem to confuse “ketosis” and “ketoacidosis.”

The latter is a dangerous metabolic state that mainly happens in uncontrolled type 1 diabetes. It involves the bloodstream being flooded with massive amounts of ketones, enough to make the blood acidic.

Ketoacidosis is serious business, and can be downright fatal.

However, this has absolutely no relevance to the ketosis caused by a low-carb diet, which is a healthy metabolic state.

Ketoacidosis is terrible, but ketosis is a good thing. The two are not the same.

SOURCE: Authority Nutrition

10. Low carb isn't for life

XLR8 and low carb eating is for life it is a new way of living and studies continually show that once people go low carb and give up sugars and grains, they do it for good. That is part of the success of such a way of eating as once you learn how damaging these are to our bodies and appetite, you actually don’t want to touch them again, rather than constantly fighting your will power.