When choosing a weight loss plan you can explore dozens of diets, and one of the most popular is the low-carb approach. This diet forgoes conventional wisdom, advocating consumption of fewer carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and potatoes.
Some low-carb diets promote the theory that carbohydrates raise insulin, which prevents the breakdown of body fat and increases hunger, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM). Proponents of the low-carb approach contend that the body breaks down fat and uses it for energy in the absence of carbohydrates, according to the Mayo Clinic.
According to UMM, the most popular low-carbohydrate programs are the Atkins and South Beach diets.
What One Can Eat
Acceptable food choices include nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts), eggs, cheese, chicken, beef, pork and fish. Low-carbohydrate versions of pasta and bread can also be consumed.
What One Can Drink
Sugar-free drinks are ideal for this type of diet. Choose water, black coffee, unsweetened tea, low-fat milk and diet sodas.
According to the Mayo Clinic, low-carbohydrate diets may not help with long-term weight loss because of the relatively high percentage of people who stop following them after a period of time.