As a result, low carb diets are usually high in protein and fat. Proponents of low carb diets say decreasing your carb intake will result in lower blood sugar levels, less insulin release and, ulimately, weight loss. In addition, without carbs to provide energy, your body will breakdown fat in its place.
Can you lose weight by cutting out carbs?
When you cut carbs, you reduce insulin and your kidneys start shedding excess water (9, 10). It is common for people to lose a lot of water weight in the first few days on a low-carb diet, up to 5-10 pounds. Weight loss will slow down after the first week, but this time the fat will be coming from your fat stores.
Can you just count calories to lose weight?
“A pound of fat is equal to about 3500 calories, so if you eat 500 calories less than you burn each day, in seven days you'll lose a pound of fat.” Ah…if things were only so simple. They're not. The following are just seven reasons why calorie-counting is not a good long-term solution for weight management.