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Weight Loss Plans Low In Carbs; Some Valuable Tips

Posted Mar 24 2009 3:44pm

Weight loss plans low in carbs are hot terms whenever you hear the discussion about most long term or rapid weight loss plans. Most of the people believe that the trend of purchasing weight loss plans low in carbs started from Dr. Atkins. However, it is not really true. Hundreds of years before Dr. Atkins, there was a man; William Banting who really started putting light on low carbohydrate diets.

In his book, William Banting discussed about loosing weight by consuming those diets that are rich in fat and low in carbohydrates. After the Second World War, another gentleman named as DuPont also suggested that quick weight loss can be achieved through diet that are rich in fats and low in carbohydrates.

The advice of Atkins and William Banting was not picked up really by people until the 1990s. However, in the late 1990s, people noticed a craze towards Atkins diet plans and this plan got real fame afterwards.

A Brief Theory of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates work inside our body in the following manner:

- We intake diet that is rich in carbohydrates.

- When we take carbohydrates, it increases the glucose level in our blood stream.

- The glucose level that has been increased by the intake of carbohydrates is called as free-floating glucose. Free-floating glucose has the tendency of damaging our body unless this free-floating glucose is allowed to penetrate into our body cells where it can be used as energy.

- After that, our body produces insulin. In very simple terms, insulin is a type of key that unlocks the door for the glucose to reach the body’s cells.

- When the required energy is obtained from glucose, the remaining free-floating glucose becomes fat.

This is the reason why most of the diet experts recommend those diets that are low in carbohydrates. Those foods that are rich in fat but are not rich in carbohydrates can’t raise the blood sugar/glucose level; hence making sure the suppressed release of insulin in our body. When our body uses and breaks fats, instead of carbohydrates, to use as energy, there is another chemical substance that is released; called as ketones. These ketones are then released in our bloodstream. These ketones are not life threatening, although people may feel various effects of these ketones like headaches, nausea etc. Another difference that they notice is the change in color and odor of their urine.

Dieting and Carbohydrates

If you buy weight loss plans low in carbs can you really expect them to work? According to recent studies, the time it takes to lose weight for a low carb diets is quite less as compared to low fat long term or quick weight loss plans. It means that those weight loss plansers who are following a low carb weight loss plans tend to lose weight quickly as compared to those weight loss plansers who follow low fat weight loss plans. However, it has also been observed that people that are on low carb weight loss plans find it difficult to continue it on a long run and hence they finally give up since it is quite hard to maintain.


Carbohydrates in dieting are one of the major factors of obesity; particularly in the United States. However, people usually want quick solution of obesity which is the reason why many people go for a fast weight loss plan. Weight loss plans low in carbs are usually not recommended for longer periods of time. The best way of losing weight is to have healthy food and exercise more.

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