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Carbohydrates and Low-Carb Diets

How do low carb diets work?


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May 10, 2009 6:13AM

Low carb diets work on the premise that by limiting your intake of carbohydrates, your body will be forced to burn fat as it's fuel source. Carbohydrates are what your body typically favors as it's energy source as the carbohydrate molecules are most easily broken down and converted to energy. Too many carbohydrates creates an over-influx of available energy and the body is likely to store this unused energy as fat.

Low carb diets do not allow for this to happen as your carbohydrate intake is insufficient for daily energy requirements. Your body will them go to it's stored energy (fat) supply to get you through the day. This is the basis of popular low carb diets such as the Atkins diet.

Many people believe that limiting your carbohydrate intake can be dangerous, however. Basic bodily and brain functions require easily converted energy to operate at their best and depleting your body of carbs can cause nausea, headaches and slower brain functionality.

A better diet to follow may be a low glycemic index diet, that allows slow burning carbs to fuel you throughout the day with minimal risk of body fat storage.

There are many diets that work that utilize the low glycemic index without the unpleasant side effects of depleting your body of carbs.