Before we start talking about how you can also lose weight with a low-carb diet just like all the folks who talk about its success, ask yourself one question:
What in the world is a low carb diet? How is it different from other diets?
How much carb is “low” enough and how do you know if you are having the right type of carb?
Hold it right there. Allow us to break this down.
What’s a low-carb diet?
A low carb diet is any diet that supports the reduction of carbohydrate, a macro-nutrient known to cause weight gain in most people. Some benefits of eating fewer carbs are:
- Increased satiety, no cravings
- Since your body doesn’t have access to carbs, you use fat for fuel
- Using fat for fuel is less efficient, so you burn even more calories at rest
- Constant energy during the day
There is no specific low-carb diet. In fact, there are just too many, some of which include:
- The Atkins Diet
- The Low Carb, High Fat Diet
- The Paleo Diet
- The Tim Ferris Slow Carb diet
- The Protein Power Diet
- The No White Diet
… and so on.
The number of low-carb diets you will find on the internet may overwhelm you, but essentially, they all follow one golden rule: reduce the amount of carbs in your diet and have more protein and fat instead.
But here’s the deal…
It doesn’t matter what diet you choose. Any diet will result in weight loss as long as you use more calories than you gain. Does this sound simple enough?
If you’d like to go a step further, read “What you should eat,” the next in our series of Carb Guides.