What is Low Carb Diet
All foods are made up of Three Primary Macro Nutrients – Carbohydrates (or sugars), Proteins and Fats. Low carb implies that the percentage of carbohydrate (by calorie) is low . A Low Carb Diet limits Carbohydrates such as grains, starchy vegetables and fruit and emphasizes dietary protein and fat. Many types of Low-Carb Diets exist, each with varying restrictions on the types and amounts of carbohydrates you can eat. A Low-Carb Diet is generally used to lose weight. Some Low Carb Diet claim that they have health benefits beyond weight loss, such as reducing risk factors associated with heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Classification of Carbohydrates in Diet
- High Carb 50-70%
- Moderate Carb 40-50%
- Low Carb 25-39%
- Very Low Carb 0-25%
However it is common to find that any diet less than 50-60% Carb Ratio is called a Low Carb Diet. Depending on one’s sensitivity to Carbohydrates, a Moderate Carb Ratio may be better than a High Carb Ratio.