Why Low Carbs Can Help You Lose Weight

Carbohydrates are one of the three major nutrients found in food. Unlike protein and fat, which have other functions, their only role is providing energy for your body.

Low-carb diets — true to their name — contain very few carbohydrates (affectionately known as carbs), which are mostly found in sugary and starchy foods. These diets also provide adequate protein and more fat than a low-fat diet.

You’d have to be hiding from the internet altogether not to have heard about “keto diets,” but that term is really meant for only the strictest form of a low-carb diet. LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) is another name for these diets. Hearing about other people and celebrities losing weight on low-carb diets might make them sound like they’re just the latest fad, but there’s a lot more to these diets than that.

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