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Do Calories Count on Low Carb Diets

Do Calories Count on Low Carb Diets


All the popular low-carb diet programs agree that excess insulin production is the real problem in weight gain, and they all take a low-carb approach to controlling it, but there are lots of differences in the diets themselves.

Here are some of the significant ones, plus their ideas on how to divvy up the three major elements of food: protein, fat, and carbohydrate. It’s useful for comparison to remember that the average American diet contains at least 300 grams of carbohydrate a day, and the government’s food pyramid recommends even more.

Do calories count?

Not in these schemes, but if you’re having trouble losing weight, you may also need to cut back the total calories, which usually means cutting back the fat The diets have in common a stricter phase for weight loss and a more generous one for weight maintenance.


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