Low Carb Diet

Also Known As: Low Carb Diet, Low Carbohydrate diet

Low-carbohydrate diets or low-carb diets are dietary programs that restrict carbohydrate consumption, often for the treatment of obesity. Foods high in easily digestible carbohydrates (e.g., sugarbreadpasta) are limited or replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of fats and moderate protein (e.g.,meatpoultryfishshellfisheggscheesenuts, and seeds) and other foods low in carbohydrates (e.g., most salad vegetables), although other vegetables andfruits (especially berries) are often allowed. The amount of carbohydrate not allowed varies with different low-carbohydrate diets.

Such diets are sometimes ketogenic (i.e., they restrict carbohydrate intake sufficiently to cause ketosis). The Induction phase of the Atkins diet[1][2][3] is ketogenic.

The term "low-carbohydrate diet" is generally applied to diets that restrict carbohydrates to less than 20% of caloric intake, but can also refer to diets that simply restrict or limit carbohydrates.[4]

Low-carbohydrate diets are used to treat or prevent some chronic diseases and conditions including: cardiovascular diseasemetabolic syndromehigh blood pressure and diabetes,[5][6]

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