Keys to Low-Carb Success Q&A

Dan Smith

Q: I am losing weight very rapidly. Is this healthy? Most of the weight lost at the beginning of the diet is water weight, so it will be shed more quickly than fat. When eating fewer carbs, less insulin is produced. Insulin makes the body retain sodium, which helps the body maintain water. The effect will be much like a diuretic. So yes, this is healthy and fat will start to be shed by day four or five on the plan.

Q: Besides weight loss, what are some of the health benefits of the diet? The diet does increase fat intake, but surprisingly does not harm cholesterol. It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, which carry fat to the heart and cause heart disease. It increases HDL (good cholesterol) leaving participants of the diet healthy as ever.

Q: How can the weight loss be maintained over time? The key to keeping off the weight is exercise. The caloric intake is already at a healthy level and exercise is included, then maximum weight loss will be the result. While on the diet, carbs are limited to complex ones that will allow for maximum energy during exercise.

Q: Sometimes after dinner, I have a sweet tooth. What are some ways that I can feed my craving while staying on the diet? This is a common problem among dieters. I recommend a fruit smoothie. They are naturally sweet and contain antioxidants, but make sure fruits such as blueberries are chosen because they are low in carbs. It will satisfy the craving, while providing a healthy way to splurge.