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The low-carbohydrate diet was popularized in the 1990s with the introduction of the Atkins diet by Dr. Robert Atkins. This particular plan fell out of favor, however, because its high-protein, high-fat method led to other types of health concerns, even as it reduced body fat. While a completely carb-free diet is extremely difficult to achieve -- many healthy foods contain some carbohydrates -- low-carb diets that focus on balance and nutrients in addition to reducing carbohydrate-rich foods are gaining in popularity, and for good reason. Many experts agree these new approaches are healthy and effective for those looking to maximize fat loss.

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1. How Does It Work?

Our bodies run on glucose, or as it's more commonly known: sugar. The body can only store sugar for around 24 hours, at which point it needs to find a different source of energy. This is when we begin to burn fat. Therefore, by reducing our glucose intake, we can help our bodies melt away that excess fat. Carbohydrate-rich foods are high in glucose and give our bodies glucose -- often too much -- which leads to fat build-up.

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