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Need advice on what is the the difference between a low carb diet, a low fat diet, and a low calorie diet?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Food is Energy/nutri

Our food is a source of energy in the form of calories.
3 key nutrients our body needs are carbs, proteins and fat. We need to eat a balanced diet with about a third of each nutrient. Once you understand these concepts you will find answers to your questions.Healthy food should have ample proteins which come from eggs, low fat milk, tofu and fish. Add to it fruits & veggies..Yu're eating healthy!

In brief: Food is Energy/nutri

Our food is a source of energy in the form of calories.
3 key nutrients our body needs are carbs, proteins and fat. We need to eat a balanced diet with about a third of each nutrient. Once you understand these concepts you will find answers to your questions.Healthy food should have ample proteins which come from eggs, low fat milk, tofu and fish. Add to it fruits & veggies..Yu're eating healthy!
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Dr. David Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Different terms

Al food is a combination of carbohydrate, protein or fat low carb means a diet low in carbohydrates; low fat is one restricted in fats.
Low calories just means reducing your caloric intake. Protein and carbs have 4 calories/gram. Fat has 9; alcohol has 7. It takes 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. The terms "low" are "restricted" are relative and differ from one person to the next.

In brief: Different terms

Al food is a combination of carbohydrate, protein or fat low carb means a diet low in carbohydrates; low fat is one restricted in fats.
Low calories just means reducing your caloric intake. Protein and carbs have 4 calories/gram. Fat has 9; alcohol has 7. It takes 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. The terms "low" are "restricted" are relative and differ from one person to the next.
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