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.


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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