Low Carb Diets to Lose Weight – Understanding Carbohydrates
Low-carb diets are diet plans that restrict carbohydrate consumption for weight loss. Foods high in carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta are restricted and replaced with protein rich foods (e.g. meat) and foods low in carbohydrates (e.g. green leafy vegetables).
There is significant controversy regarding low-carb diets and little consensus within scientific community on the impact of low-carb diets on health. Few studies have shown that low-carb diets may adversely affect health, while other research suggests that it may positively influence diseases such as diabetes, cancer and autism.
There is a common misconception that to lose weight you have to cut out carbs completely because carbohydrates cause fat storage. Examples of such diets include The Atkins Diet, Sugar Busters and The Ketogenic Diet. The basic principle of low carb diets is that carbohydrates lead to weight gain. This is a little misleading. The fact is, you gain weight if you consume too many calories. Also, simple carbs (e.g. cakes and white bread) lead to an undesirable insulin response, which can make weight loss difficult, especially for individuals with an endomorphic body type who tend to be carbohydrate sensitive.