The low carb or no carb diet has to be one of the most popular diets around, and because of this there is a lot of confusion. It is true that cutting out carbs will make you lose weight. But this could simply be because cutting carbs is just cutting calories. It is also argued that some people react differently to carbs and that cutting them out altogether is more effective than restricting calories.
Removing carbs from your diet will definitely make you to lose weight, but not necessarily body fat. So, why do people on low carb diets appear to lose weight so quickly then? Well this is because of water weight, it is said that for every gram of carbs consumed twice the amount of water is retained. So by cutting carbs you are essentially cutting your water weight. But you don’t only lose water, your glycogen levels are depleted which is why people on low carb diets find they have low energy levels and feel tired. This is why it is important to eat carbs and not cut them out completely or for an extended amount of time.
When these theories have been tested it was found that people who restricted their calorie intake and people who cut out carbs lost the same amount of weight overall. But those who removed carbs from their diets often gained back the weight and then some. So all in all it’s really the calories in a low carb diet that matter. As well as the amount and type of carbs you are eating. So what are the right types of carbs you may be wondering? Focus on eating carbs that are high in fibre such as vegetables, beans and fruits.