The principle behind low carb diets is that you will lose weight if you eliminate or severely reduce the amount of carbs in your diet because carbohydrates spike blood sugar levels and cause your body to produce insulin. This is something every diabetic knows: extra insulin production causes the body to store extra calories as fat. But do low carb diets work? A diet of no or very few carbohydrates, which can indeed result in impressive weight loss. If the results of low carb diets are so impressive, why are so many people still overweight? Few people can stick to a low carb diet long term, and the diet doesn’t emphasize any kind of portion control. Your body is used to burning carbohydrates as fuel, and it is a lot mroe work for the body to convert fat and muscle to fuel than to convert carbs. And yes, your body will indeed take some of the fuel it needs for daily functioning from your muscles if you are on a low carb diet, especially if you don’t lift weights or perform other forms of muscle-building exercise. Is it worth it to listen to low carb diet proponents at all? Low carb diets do have something on straight, because in general, Americans eat way too much starch and sugar, and too little protein and fiber. However, you can’t eliminate carbohydrates and expect your body to handle athletic challenges, because your body will be too sluggish and weak to perform well, leaving you prone to injury. What is the healthy option? It’s wise to reduce your simple carb consumption, eating small amounts of complex carbs instead. Beef up your protein intake, and increase your intake of healthy foods like leafy greens and other vegetables. Make sure your diet plan incorporates exercise, including resistance training, since you need to build muscles, not lose muscles. Pay attention to the following: portion control, calories, and quality of food, all in addition to exercise. You want to pursue diet and weight loss programs that are focused on long-term sustainability, but short term results.