Author: Troy Theodosiou
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for your body. Your digestive system converts carbs into glucose (a.k.a., sugar), which your body then uses for energy for your cells, tissues, and organs.
Carbs are also split into two different categories: simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbs include dairy, fruits, and vegetables; while complex carbs include whole grains, starchy vegetables, and legumes.
Low-carb diets restrict the number of calories a person gets by limiting their carbohydrate food sources. This includes both good and bad carbs. Low-carb diets tend to be higher in proteins and fats to compensate.
Low-carb diets, such as the Atkins diet and the Dukan diet, have been found to lead to rapid weight loss. However, these diets are extreme and can have some unwanted side effects.
For most people, it may be healthier to take a more moderate approach when reducing carbohydrate intake to help lose weight.
Recent research supports the idea that high-quality nutrition does not just involve controlling calories that come from carbs. Instead, dieters should pay attention to how many calories are ingested from all food sources, including carbohydrates, protein, and fats, and find a healthy balance.
Although many studies indicate that low carb diets promote fast weight loss, often this reduction in weight is short-term.
Low-carb diets can be an effective way to lose weight, but the exact definition of low carb and the precise recommendations for carbohydrate intake depend on the particular diet you choose to follow. Restricting any type of food or food group can potentially lead to health problems, so discuss your plans with a doctor or dietician before starting any low-carb diet.