Low Carb Diet
Sometimes, giving up carbs altogether can be too difficult. Such a dramatic change in one's diet can be unhealthy. Usually, any diet that minimizes carbs will lead to weight loss. By following the low carb diet, people should shed pounds but not in the dramatic fashion that a diet solely based on protein would lead to.
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The quantity and types of carbs allowed
There is no one way to accomplish this diet, as it can differ from person to person. The only foods that are truly forbidden are products containing white flour or sugar. You are allowed to eat some grain products, but must keep it to a minimum. The only fruits that might be allowed are bananas and watermelon. Beyond that, people are only allowed to eat a given amount of carbs each day. This amount depends upon the person, as some may only be allowed 20 grams a day, while others can eat 50 grams a day and still lose weight.
Low carb equals high fat
A low carb diet is naturally a high fat diet, which should fill you up and keep you satisfied. However, a diet that is high in fat may also lead to heart problems and/or a stroke. A lack of carbs can lead to decreased energy and weakness, so ensure that you are still receiving all the nutrients that your body needs to properly function.