How A Low-Carb Diet Changed My Life
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How A Low-Carb Diet Changed My Life

You don't need to go on a diet just to lose weight

How A Low-Carb Diet Changed My Life

I know what a majority of you are probably thinking, "Why on earth is she on a diet?". If you know me personally, you would know that I am a very tiny person whose weight fluctuates between 105-115 lbs. Despite my size, I still believe it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Last semester I took a course called "Movement for the Actor". For one of our first assignments, we were asked to keep a food journal and write down every single thing we ate and what time we ate it, when we worked out, when we drank water, when and how much we walked, and what time we woke up and went to bed. We were also asked to write down how we were feeling each day.

As I kept my journal, I quickly noticed a pattern in my diet. I noticed that I had the tenancy to lean towards eating food that were easily accessible to me. I ate a lot of fast food such as Domino's, Easy Mac, and Chinese food; either because it was delivered to my room or it was the only thing that was available when I got out of rehearsals at 10:00 every night. Eating carbs were much easier and more available, as opposed to serving myself vegetables, fruits, or other sources of protein.

After tracking my eating habits for about a week, my professor took a look at my journal. Her feedback on my journal was very clear: "Eat more veggies and drink more water." At first I was confused, I usually make myself a salad every day for lunch. After taking another look at my journal, I realized that I did eat a crazy amount of carbs despite eating salads and veggies. I also noticed a lack of protein in my diet, as well as my sleep schedule being inconsistent.

I always had a desire to go on a healthier diet so I thought to myself: "Why not start now". I attempted to go on a vegetarian diet in the past, but it never really stuck. I realized that I needed protein more than I needed carbs. I decided to look into a Low-Carb diet.

A Low-Carb diet is a diet that limits the amount of carbohydrates you eat. It encourages to eat a lower intake on grains, specific vegetables and fruits, sugars, and starches; and a higher intake on proteins, fish, dairy, vegetables, nuts, eggs, and berries.

There are several different types of Low-Carb diets such as the Atkins diet, Ketogenic diet, Paleo diet, and Mediterranean diet. Choosing which Low-Carb diet to go on is completely up to you and what kind of lifestyle you lead. For me, being on a simple Low-Carb diet was the most convenient for me.

At first I was hesitant on cutting out carbs. I love Italian food, and pasta and pizza are my absolute favorites. However, when I started limiting my carbohydrate intake, I noticed how much my mood had drastically changed. I felt more awake and energized throughout the day, my appetite for sugars and starched began to decrease, and my sleep schedule became more consistent.

When I looked back on my previous journal entries, I noticed how much of a change my lifestyle became. I was happier and felt as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I became more positive, optimistic, and open to trying new things. Before, I felt exhausted constantly and didn't really want to go out. I found comfort in junk food and sugar.

I didn't realize how much of an impact changing your diet could be. Diets aren't just for losing weight, it can also be for improving your health and life. I don't need to loose weight, but I do need to watch my health and attitude. By eating healthier, I feel like I've been able to accomplish more and think more positively. By attempting my new diet, I realized that just because one specific diet doesn't work for you, doesn't mean that no diet will work for you. It just means that that specific diet doesn't work for you, a diet should be compatible with your lifestyle and what benefits you.

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