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Do low carbohydrate diets work, and which is the best one to try?

In recent years, the low carb diet has become the eating plan of choice amongst UK women. Carbohydrates have quite roughly been highlighted as one of the main reasons behind obesity and weight gain.

However, it's important to remember the distinction between good carbs and bad carbs. The good ones such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grain breads and cereals are very beneficial and should not be avoided. The so called bad carbs are those that have been processed or refined such as white bread and biscuits. These are simply empty calories and should be restricted.

Carbohydrates are essential to our bodies. In terms of producing efficient energy they are simply irreplaceable. And it's worth noting that carbs don't make you fat, anymore than protein or anything else does. It's only when you eat too many of them, that problems arise.

It therefore follows that any diet plan that heavily restricts all carbohydrates is not a sensible way to lose weight. The only low carb diets that work are those that advocate just a moderate reduction in your daily carbohydrate intake, with the focus on the aforementioned bad carbs.

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