A Complete Low-Carb Diet Guide for Beginner

Low-carb eating, from Atkins to the ketogenic diet, has proven to be a diet staple. If you're curious about how this eating style can help with diabetes management, weight loss, and other health benefits, read on.

For starters, understand that what is low carbohydrate for one individual may not be for the next. "There's no medical definition of what low-carb is," explains Kelly Schmidt, RD from Columbus, Ohio.

Essentially, it means eating fewer carbs than you normally would. In general, a low-carb diet may contain 50 to 100 grams (g) of carbs per day, she explains.

A very-low-carb diet, such as the ketogenic diet, has fewer than 100 g of carbs per day, whereas a moderate-carb diet has 100 to 200 g.Low-carb diet is most commonly associated with weight loss,

but it may also benefit some people's health, according to Schmidt. "Research shows that women who are obese or have metabolic problems [may] do better hormonally on lower carbs," says Schmidt, 

who adds that other benefits of the diet include improved sleep, mental clarity, and fullness.Right up arrow. According to low-carb nutritionist Franziska Spritzler, RD, of Orange County,

California, cutting back on carbs lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, which can be beneficial for A1C, or the two- to three-month average of blood sugar levels.

This may also aid with weight loss, which is a popular objective for patients with type 2 diabetes.These types of benefits can be realized nearly immediately. 

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