The Fastest Low Carb Weight Loss Tips

Low carbohydrate diets are an effective way to lose weight. The popular low carbohydrate weight loss--such as the Atkins Diet, Protein Power, South Beach Diet, Carbohydrate Addicts Diet and PaNu--haveslight variations in philosophy, the number of carbs per day, and the allowed foods. All the diets, however, impose some limitation on consuming carbohydrates. You can do to maximize the effectiveness of the specific low carbohydrate diet you choose in several ways.

Follow the Diet Exactly

According to Gary Taubes, author of "Good Calories, Bad Calories," low carbohydrate diets work in part because they create a chemical state known as ketosis. Ketosis is achieved when, in the absence of a significant amount of carbohydrates, the pancreas releases less insulin allowing the body to begin burning stored fat as its main source of fuel. Because ketosis is a chemical reaction that occurs as a result of eating in a very specific way, choose a specific low carbohydrate diet and follow it exactly. This will give you the best chance to succeed and maximize your weight loss.

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners may seem like the perfect way for low carb dieters to get a little bit of sweet in their diet, but some evidence shows that instead of helping, artificial sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame may actually sabotage your diet. According to an article in Scientific American, the sweet taste of artificial sweeteners fool the brain into believing that you've just eaten sugar; however, instead of calming the sugar craving, it may stimulate it even more. Diabetes Research further reported that some artificial sweeteners actually stimulated insulin release in rats, which may have implications in humans who are trying to achieve a ketogenic state through low carb dieting. The bottom line is that because the effects of artificial sweetener on low carbohydrate dieters are not clear, you avoid them to maximize your success.

Exercise

Exercise can help to maximize weight loss on a low carbohydrate diet. A combination of moderate intensity aerobic activity done for 30 to 40 minutes most days of the week along with strength training exercise can help to increase your muscle mass and burn calories. According to the Mayo Clinic, the more muscle you gain through strength training, the hotter your body's engine--or metabolism--burns. Burning more calories through exercise and increased metabolism can help you lose weight more quickly and effectively on a low carbohydrate diet.