Low Carb vs. Low Calorie Diets for Losing Weight

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Choosing the right diet can be confusing. Which is the best choice to have in your corner when seeking to move from the heavy weight to the light weight division? A low carb diet or a low calorie diet?

There has been enough media fervor over carbohydrates and dieting to fill several weeks of regular television programming. In fact carbohydrates have garnered so much attention their very name has been morphed into a shorthand version of itself: carb. Ask a member of the post-Atkins diet rage what a carbohydrate is and they might not know.

The Fuss

It is really inspiring to think that a thing as simple as eating less bread and sugar can transform a life. For far too many, the carbohydrate avoidance diets have been full of empty promises. Is the diet itself to blame?

This is not a simple question. Research has shown that persons who follow these low carb diets to the letter of the law, right down to the very last gram of sugar loose weight, often in significant amounts. But it might not be the magical formula of avoiding bread and anything like unto it.

Most if not all low carb diets stipulate a maximum daily calorie count. These calorie caps are usually quite low, in some cases as low as 1200 calories per day. Almost any moderately active person is going to loose weight eating only 1200 calories a day even if all 1200 calories are derived from nothing but pure table sugar.

The Muss

Where does that leave the low carb fervor? Frankly, up a creek without a breadstick or paddle. The dieting public is always on the look out for the next medical breakthrough, the newest miracle diet. Low carb diets can work and are very well suited for the metabolisms and body chemistry of some individuals. It cannot be forgotten however that calories are found in anything and everything that is eaten.

The simple avoidance of one food group is more likely to result in nutrient or energy deficiencies than anything else if proper steps aren’t taken to replace the vital nutrients supplied by that group.

When it comes to weight loss a body hampered by nutritional imbalances is even less likely to give up its precious fat stores and the vitamins trapped therein. There is a time proven formula for weight loss that has stood the test of time for decades: eat less, move more. Low carb diets, whether the dieter recognizes it or not, still adhere to that basic rule.