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A low carb diet involves eating natural, unprocessed foods that are low in carbohydrate. This diet is great to lose weight and improve health. A classical low-carb diet has other unique features as well.

Diet plans that are low in carbohydrate recommend including fish, meat, plant products (like fruit and nut, veggies and seed) and eggs while avoiding sugar, gluten and processed foods.

Low carb recipes help lower your calorie intake and restrict your diet so you won't exceed the daily limit for carbohydrates. Yet many of them make for delicious, tasty dishes that you can whip up easily and that will delight your palate!

A Short History of Low Carb Diets

A study of low carb diets would begin with understanding how our eating habits have changed over time.

The history of human dietary evolution is fascinating. Primitive man hunted his prey, traveling far and wide in chase of a kill. Or he lived off the land, picking off wild fruit and berries.

It was an uncertain, cumbersome lifestyle. And failure came at a steep price... You died!

Our systems evolved alongside this harsh scenario. All our body's enzymes, hormones and adaptive responses grew to optimize energy use. On one hand, the calories we consumed had to be digested and absorbed. On the other hand, they had to be burned in the course of activity.

Whatever excess is left over was stored as fat.

A lot has changed over the centuries.

Today's modern society is one where most people are subject to a different kind of nutritional crisis. A problem of plenty. With the result that an alarming 65% of the population carries around excess weight in the form of stored fat.

We have more obese and overweight people than any other time in history. Even children are heavier and develop related problems like diabetes at a young age. Compounding the problem is the lack of physical activity mediated by a lifestyle built around online gaming, mobile phone socialization and passive consumption of TV and computer infotainment.

Physical activity is being designed out of our lives!

Low-calorie and low-fat diets are of limited use for this reason. The complex interaction of hormones and metabolic processes ensures that merely cutting down calories or fat intake won't make a big difference. Only one thing can work...

A low-carb diet!

Cut down on dietary carbohydrate and things suddenly begin to look better. No wonder low carb diets have grown more popular among those in the know.

What is Low Carb Diet?

A low carb diet (or low carbohydrate diet) is one where low carbohydrate intake brings down your body's production of insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels), resulting in the preferential consumption of your body's stored fat as a source of energy for regular activities.

As a natural consequence of utilizing fats for energy, a by-product called ketones are produced in larger quantities and removed from the body in your urine. When severe, ketone body accumulation can lead to ketosis, a condition that can be detected by acetone-like breath, nausea, appetite loss and lassitude. Left untreated, it could even become dangerous.

The latter is what led to an initial backlash against low carb diets. There are different kinds of diet, including the Atkins diet, Neanderthin, Carb Addict's Lifestyle, Protein Power and Life Without Bread. All are based on restricting the dietary intake of carbs.

How do they make up for total calories? With protein and fat. Specific diet programs vary in how exactly they do this. Often, a low carb diet also means one that's loaded with high fat intake and a modest increase in protein. With 60% or more of total calories coming from fat, and barely 10% carbohydrate, a low carb diet has its own challenges and metabolic consequences that one must understand and adapt to gradually, to avoid unpleasant consequences.

So How To Go On A Low Carb Diet?

Well, you should plan to begin slowly and work up to it. Cutting down on your intake of carbohydrate while replacing it with calorie equivalents is a process. You should gradually eliminate carb-rich foods like bread and pasta, rice and alcohol - replacing them with cheese, butter and meat.

And as with any major diet change, be sure to get it cleared by your doctor first. This matters more if you suffer from health disorders like diabetes, thyroid conditions, high blood pressure or other lifestyle illnesses. Be always aware that information on this site isn't to be considered a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified physician.

Your diet is linked to your health and well-being. Don't risk it based on unconfirmed information you read or hear somewhere. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider or nutritionist before making a change like going on a low carb diet.

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