I’ve been pretty adamant that being on a Paleo type diet does not necessarily mean it is a low carb diet; although it is inherently lower carb than most people are typically eating. For most people, making a switch to a Paleo lifestyle is often initially too overwhelming to worry about “counting” carbs and many health benefits are quickly seen by reducing carbohydrates from sugar, grains and processed foods.
I have been personally paying more attention to my daily carbohydrate count since reading The Art and Science of Low Carb Living by Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney. In his blog, Dr. Michael Eades calls The Art and Science of Low Carb Living the best low carb book he’s ever read and the one he wish he’d written.
The authors are both scientists who focus on researching low carb diets, and the book is filled with much data regarding the health benefits found among those who follow a low carb diet, including endurance athletes. One important distinction made in the book is defining what level of carbohydrate is low carb. This is especially important as each of us has our own individual carbohydrate tolerance. That means 100 grams of carbs per day for one person might be too much and just right for another. The standard American often eats over 100 grams of carbs at one meal, and we’ve seen the effects of this in the growing national obesity rates.
If you aren’t reaching your body weight composition goals, a good place to start is by looking at your daily carb intake. As I mentioned in a previous post, minor tweaks in your diet, such as adding fat & protein, thus lowering carb intake can help make the desired shift in body composition. Pay attention to how many carbs you are eating and how you feel when this number is lower or higher. You too, might be surprised that lowering your carbs might just be the trick to improving your health.