A low carbohydrate (low carb) diet restricts the eating of foods containing carbohydrates.
These kinds of diets are used to prevent and treat obesity and to promote general heath. There are many variations of low carb diets. All restrict carbohydrates in some ay and they usually differ in the quantity and sources of carbs that are restricted. Some diets restrict carbs for certain periods and vary the quantity of carbs allowed.
A few of the more popular low carb diets are:
- and others
One of the major differentiators of these diets is how they handle fat. Atkins did not limit saturated fat in the diet, while some like Ducan do.