How does a low-carbohydrate diet help with weight loss?

Erin Palinski
Nutrition & Dietetics
Low-carbohydrate diets have a diuretic effect on the body, meaning that the body will loose large amounts of water. One gallon of water weighs eight pounds, so a large amount of weight can be lost following these plans, however it isn't all fat mass.

Also, when you restrict your intake of breads, grains, fruit, milk, yogurt, and vegetables, there is not a large amount of food left to choose from. People following low-carbohydrate diets are actually restricting their total caloric intake without realizing it. Restricting calories, no matter what the source, results in weight loss.

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