3 doctors weighed in:

Should I start a low carb diet or is a balanced diet more healthy for weight loss??

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Interesting question

There are gazillions of fad diet programs out there & don't be hard on yourself if you feel like a deer in the headlights trying to figure out which one to select.
Low-carb diets (depending on how low you go) work well, but you don't want to starve your brain from glucose. Healthy (polyunsaturated) fats are great appetite reducers, and you need protein as well to maintain your muscle mass. Cont->

In brief: Interesting question

There are gazillions of fad diet programs out there & don't be hard on yourself if you feel like a deer in the headlights trying to figure out which one to select.
Low-carb diets (depending on how low you go) work well, but you don't want to starve your brain from glucose. Healthy (polyunsaturated) fats are great appetite reducers, and you need protein as well to maintain your muscle mass. Cont->
Dr. Erin Robertson
Dr. Erin Robertson
Thank
2 comments
Dr. Erin Robertson
My bottom line: don't spend money on diet products. Figure out what your ideal body weight is & create plan. Go to www.myfitnesspal.com & get yourself set up. It's awesome - you can scan bar codes. It keeps track of grams of carbs, fats, protein & gives you credit for excercise calories & graphs weight loss. You can sign up/meet friends. You can eat what you want & understand serving sizes.
Dr. Erin Robertson
Secret: it's not the "low carbs" that make these diets successful. It's picking the carbs with *low glycemic indices* http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/glycemic-index-and-diabetes.html
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Balanced is good.

Reduced carbs is fine if they aren't TOO LOW.
Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio

In brief: Balanced is good.

Reduced carbs is fine if they aren't TOO LOW.
Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Heidi Fowler
& weight training.
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
39 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors