A low-carbohydrate diet can help control blood sugar, and is used to help with weight loss, blood pressure control, and blood cholesterol control. There are several popular low-carb diets, such as the Atkins, South Beach, and Zone diets. When total carbs are reduced, people eat larger proportions of protein and fat. Some low-carb diets recommend replacing carbohydrate with healthful sources of protein and fat; others, such as Atkins, do not restrict any type of protein or fat sources. You may find that generally eating fewer carbs may be beneficial, without having to follow a specific program.
Take it for a test drive: Read nutrition labels on packaged foods to help count your carbs for the day. The carbohydrates you choose should be high in fiber such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. More of your calories should come from lean meats, fish, beans, low-fat dairy products, and unsaturated, nonhydrogenated oils. See our Atkins diet and South Beach diet articles for more information.
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