Low Carbohydrate Diets

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

Low Carb (carbohydrate) diets claim to help with weight loss and improve athletic performance.  The basic theory that proponents of the diet support is that fat storage occurs with increased consumption of carbohydrates.  In reality, a low carbohydrate does allow you to lose weight.  However, this is more than likely due to a restriction in calories, not the absence of carbohydrates.  Instead of relying on a low carb diet for weight loss, try to remember the following if you are trying to lose weight:

  • Weight loss occurs as a result of a reduction in overall calories, not just carbohydrate calories
  • Increasing endurance/aerobic  exercise is a better way to increase fat metabolism (fat burning)

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