Low Carb Diet Benefits

Before you can understand all the low carb diet benefits, you must first understand what type of diet this is.

A low carbohydrate diet as defined by Wikipedia is a dietary program that restricts carbohydrate consumption.

These diets are usually for weight control or for the treatment of obesity.

There are several well know low carb diets.

The most popular include the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, the Zone, Glycemic Impact Diet and Protein Power. 

Each of these diet plans have their own guidelines and restrictions to carbohydrates.

Read these low carbohydrate diet reviews to learn more.

Most medical experts recommend getting 60% of your calories from carbohydrates.  So if you were on a 2,000 a day calorie diet, this would equate to 1,200 calories coming from carbs. 

There are 4 calories per gram of carbs, so this would mean you should eat 300 grams of carbs a day for a 2,000 calorie diet.

Benefits of Low Carbohydrate Diets

fish dinnerAlthough these diets are very restrictive with carbs, especially during the induction phase, some people find the low carb diet benefits extremely helpful. 

There is a lot of controversy around low carb diets, but there have been studies conducted that do show and document some real benefits to them.

Before you start in on a low carb weight loss program, check out some of the benefits.

Low Carbohydrate Diet Benefits
  • Weight Loss
    Even though during the studies people were not necessarily counting calories, by following a low carbohydrate diet, weight loss was achieved.

  • Improved Triglycerides

  • Reduced blood sugar levels for diabetics and people at risk of diabetes

  • Improved Insulin Sensitivity

  • Lower Blood Insulin Levels

  • Decreased Blood Pressure

  • Increased "good" HDL Cholesterol

  • Increased Energy Levels

  • Reduced Cravings for "sweets"

  • Improved Mood and Mental Concentration

  • Reduced Emotional Eating Habits
Many of these low carb diet benefits can be achieved with non low carbohydrate diets also.

I have known a handful of people that have been very successful with low carb diets, losing the weight and keeping it off. 

Unfortunately I also know people who lost weight on these low carb diets but unfortunately put the weight back on, and even more weight in some cases. 

lady with flat absThe key to choosing the right weight loss program for you is all about the “long term” lifestyle changes. 

You need to make sure that the weight loss program you select not only helps you lose weight, but teaches you how to keep the weight off. 

A low carbohydrate diet may be just the ticket for people who are very carbohydrate sensitive.

Although there are many low carb diet benefits, make sure you read all these weight loss reviews before deciding on your weight loss plan.

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