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How do low-carb diets work?

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Normally your body burns carbohydrates for fuel. When you drastically cut carbs, the body goes into a metabolic state called ketosis, where it burns fat for fuel. Since your body is using your fat stores for energy, you may lose weight.

You should check with your doctor or a nutritionist to see if this type of diet is OK for you. They can help you come up with a plan that will make sure you're getting enough fruits and vegetables, and that you're getting lean protein foods.

Remember, weight loss that lasts is usually based on changes you can live with for a long time, not a temporary diet.

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019
Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

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