Before we start talking about how you can lose weight with a low-carb diet, let’s address an important question: What in the world is a low-carb diet and how does it differ from other diets?
What’s a low-carb diet?
A low-carb diet is any diet that supports the reduction of carbohydrates, a macronutrient known to cause weight gain in most people. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, healthy people should get 50 to 65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates and the rest from the other two macronutrients: fat and protein. Anything less than this is technically considered “low-carb,” but many low-carb diets focus on a number close to 30 percent.
Some benefits of eating fewer carbs are…
- Increased satiety and reduced cravings
- Since your body doesn’t have access to carbs, your body uses 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
- Low Carb, High Fat Diet
- The paleo diet
- The Tim Ferris Slow Carb Diet
- 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 number of carbs in your diet and have more protein and fat instead.
But, here’s the deal…
It doesn’t matter which diet you choose because any diet can lead to weight loss as long as you burn more calories than you consume during the day. To make this easier, the 8fit app calculates your caloric needs for you taking things like your wellness goal, food preferences, and biometric data into consideration. You’ll feel relieved knowing it’s all figured out for you.