Low carbohydrate (or very low carb) diet programs have increased in popularity in the past ten years or so. This is in large part because of the success of the ever-popular Atkins diet and the low carbohydrate diets.

However, you don't want the most recent novel or high priced diet plan to follow a low carb diet. All you need is a few simple dieting knowledge and a few of the numerous low carb free diet programs which can be seen on the internet.

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Normally, low carbohydrate diet plans start you off for a couple of weeks of very low carbohydrates and veggies with some zero carb dressings or sauces; no dairy, grains, or fruit enabled. Then certain carbohydrates are gradually added to the foods but not at a high percentage.

When you eat carbs it increases your blood glucose level. This then causes your body to release insulin. It's insulin's job to find that sugar (sugar) from the blood and into your cells. It attempts placing glucose into muscles and if the muscles are full of sugar insulin pumps the residual glucose into fat cells.

So, if you're able to keep the sugar level low from the bloodstream, insulin will not place that sugar in your fat cells and the body has very little glucose in the bloodstream to use for energy. This is the concept behind low carb dieting.