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8 Things to Know Before Committing to a Low Carb Diet

We’re obsessed with carbs—whether it be counting them, eliminating them, or categorizing them good vs. bad. However, despite the fact that low carbohydrate diets, like South Beach, Paleo, and Atkins, are among the most popular, many folks (and even many folks who subscribe to these diets) don’t actually understand what a carbohydrate is.

Before you commit to a low carb diet in hopes of weight loss, consider these eight need-to-know facts on carbohydrates…

1. Origins of the Low Carb Diet

Did you know that the first low carb diet was introduced around 500 B.C. as a remedy for epilepsy? However, according to a 2008 reference in the Epilepsia journal, the diet known as ketogenic at the time is characterized as “low carb, high protein” in nature.

This low carb, high protein combination was used as a weight loss treatment for overweight patients with conditions like hypertension. The Atkins diet was created in 1972 based on the medical research.

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