Can a low-carb diet help you lose weight and keep it off? And is it safe?
Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin explains what carbohydrates are, what they do for our bodies and which carbohydrate foods are the most "nutrient dense." While several trendy diets call for a reduction in carbohydrates to achieve weight loss, Franklin explains how not all carbohydrates are equal. She also talks about a couple of recent scientific studies that showed how people lost significant weight or maintained weight loss by reducing their intake of processed foods and foods with added sugars and by increasing their intake of vegetables. Click here for a fact sheet and tips on carbohydrates and here for a fact sheet and tips on dietary fiber, both from the Food and Drug Administration. Click here for comprehensive information on overall nutritional needs, including caloric needs and how to plan meals, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.