Due to extensive publicity, low carb diets have become increasingly popular.
However there is considerable ambiguity over exactly what is low carbohydrate. Many companies have seen low carb popularity as a brand to be exploited.
All food is made up of three primary macro nutrients – carbohydrates (or sugars), proteins, and fats. Low carb implies that the percentage of carbohydrate (by calorie) is low – but lower than what?
However it is common to find that any diet less than 50-60% carb ratio is called a low carb diet.
Depending on one’s sensitivity to carbohydrates, a moderate carb ratio may be better than a high carb ratio.
By definition, the lower the carb ratio – the higher the fat and protein ratio. Generally speaking a low carb diet will also tend to be a high protein diet.
The following diets are generally all ‘lumped’ together under the definition of ‘low-carb’. However they actually are made up of little or no carbs – to some that are moderate carb.
|Diet to Go||Delivers fresh low carb meals to your door weekly. Available throughout the USA.|
|17 Day Diet||The 17 Day Diet is a carbohydrate cycling diet whereby you adjust your intake of carbohydrates.|
|Anabolic Diet||A low carbohydrate diet that alternates with periods of high carbohydrate eating.|
|Atkins||Atkins is a ketogenic diet for weight loss.|
|Fat Burning Diet||Dieters to cycle between high carb and low carb days|
|Ketogenic Diet||A diet that is high in fat with moderate protein and virtually no carbohydrate. This diet will put the body in a state of ketosis, where ketones rather than glucose are used for energy.|
|Living Low Carb||Not a diet book as such but more of a general guide to living a low carb lifestyle.|
|South Beach Diet||The South Beach Diet has an induction phase that is very low carb, but beyond this the diet is not really low carb at all. Effort is made to consume only low GI (Glycemic Index) and un-refined carbohydrates.|
|Zone Diet||Dr. Sears Zone Perfect diet has a ratio of about 40% carbohydrates (moderate). However many refer to it as a ‘low-carb diet’.|
The surging popularity of low carb diets caused an entire food industry to appear seemingly overnight. An entire line of foods now bear the catchy name “low carb”.
What’s unfortunate is that a lot of these foods are very processed, and are not rich in nutritional quality. Clever marketing has come to the fore, with terms like “Smart Carbs” and “Net Carbs” appearing on many products.
The craze began to decline towards the end of 2004 but continues to be popular.
Some people respond very well to low carb eating and lose weight quickly. However, some do not. It really depends on your genetic make-up and how you process carbs based on it.
A low carb diet is just one of the many viable methods a person can use to lose weight or stay slim.