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What Are the Benefits of a No Carb Diet?

By Nicole Campbell ; Updated July 18, 2017

While fad diets like the Atkins Diet and others have gotten a bad rap, low- and no-carb diets haven't become so popular for no reason. There are pros and cons to consider in every diet, and no-carb diets are no different. Before writing off no-carb diets for good, you may want to consider some of the short-term benefits of this type of weight loss regimen.

Lower Overall Calorie Intake

A lot of foods out there contain carbohydrates, including grains and starchy foods, and foods high in carbohydrates are also often high in calories. While cutting out carbohydrates can severely limit the kinds of foods you can eat, and may be frustrating when those food cravings hit, it can equal fewer calories taken in total, which is one of the keys to weight loss.

Reduced Insulin Levels states that eating carbohydrates raises your blood sugar, which cause insulin to increase to balance things out. Higher levels of insulin cause your body to store fat. Cutting carbohydrates lowers the levels of insulin in your blood. When your insulin level is lower, your body is less likely to store fat, making it easier to lose weight. The Mayo Clinic, however, states that research has not proven this link.

Loss of Water Weight

Although water can't be accounted for all of the weight you need to lose, it can account for a few extra pounds--especially around your midsection. Mama's Health reports that cutting carbohydrates over time can cause the body to go into ketosis, a state in which the body uses ketones instead of glucose for energy and toxins are flushed out of the body by way of urine. This can reduce water weight, but not much fat is lost this way.

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