15 Health Benefits of Low-Carb & Ketogenic Diets (I Love No. 9)

10. Enjoy Rapid Weight Loss

If you want to burn fat quickly, what do you typically do? Many people resort to crash diets.

Crash diets, however, are unhealthy, and their weight loss effects are temporary. After you return to a regular diet, that weight comes back fast.

A much better way to lose weight fast and keep it off is a low-carbohydrate diet.

Why does a low-carb diet lead to more rapid weight loss than a low-fat diet? We have already discussed the main reasons.

  • A low-carb diet helps you to shed excess water weight (see point #6).
  • On a low-carb diet, you experience lower insulin levels, which means your kidneys start purging excess sodium.

Low-carb is extremely effective for weight loss as a result (51, 52).

Research has demonstrated that a low-carb diet may be very effective for weight loss for at least six months (53).

Why not longer? The study above states that ‘adherence was poor and attrition was high in both groups.’

In other words, many study participants gave up after that time period.

As a result, studies still need to conduct longer-term studies to know just how effective low-carb may be over the long run.

It is entirely possible that low-carb continues to burn fat quickly for longer than six months and anecdotal testimonials suggest this is so.

In either case, low-carb is not a crash diet and is sustainable over the long-term if you stick with it.

Doing so will give you the best results in the short-term and the long-term, both in terms of weight loss and overall health.
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