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FakeFrowns
03-24-2008, 12:05 PM
Hello, i'm a little confused at the moment! I have been reading through different posts recently and i don't understand a low carb diet. My mum has been rabbiting on about it for a while even though she most definately isnt dieting :o!
What is a low carb diet? Is it low bad carbs or just low in general and if the majority of the diet is not carbs, what is it? I can't imagine that its fat, possibly protein?! :?: I'm very confused!!! Could someone please explain what a low carb diet is and what the carbs are replaced with?
Thanks :D


bargoo
03-24-2008, 12:20 PM
Go to Diet Central and sub forum Low Carb Lifestyle you should find an answer to your questions there.

FakeFrowns
03-24-2008, 12:27 PM
Thank you!


mandalinn82
03-24-2008, 12:30 PM
There is a fairly detailed wikipedia article on this topic...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-carbohydrate_diet

FakeFrowns
03-24-2008, 12:35 PM
Thanks, i must have been in a muddle, i thought that low carb was different to the atkins diet!

Suzanne 3FC
03-24-2008, 12:47 PM
The Atkins diet is one of many low carb approaches to dieting. Some people just reduce overall carbs, some are very strict with it. Some eliminate 'bad' carbs while enjoying the benefits of 'good' carbs. If you are considering a low carb diet, check with your doctor for advice on which type would be best for your personal health and needs :)

Azure
03-24-2008, 12:55 PM
A "Low Carb Diet" is technically eating lower carbs than a typical american diet (less than 50-60% calories from carbs). There are more moderate approaches like the Zone (at 30% calories from carbs) and South Beach Diet, and then there are Ketogenic Very Low Carb/ High Fat diets, like Atkins :) There is a whole range, but they ALL focus on cutting out sugar, flour and refined carbohydrate and focus on eating the great carbs like vegetables and low-sugar fruit.