Is Low-Carbohydrate Weight Loss Just Water Loss?
by Craig Whitley

Any weight loss or diet plan — including low-carbohydrate plans — like the induction phase of the Atkins Diet, will result in water loss during the first week or two.

However, one of the real beauties of following a low carbohydrate eating plan, is that most of the weight loss that extends beyond the initial induction phase of the diet, is really from a drop in fat pounds.

How can this be?

Well, when you follow a controlled carbohydrate eating plan like Atkins or the South Beach Diet, your body soon switches from burning carbohydrates — which these diets deprive the body of — to burning fat for energy. In other words, the majority of the weight loss that occurs beyond the initial induction phase, is really loss of fat that has been stored in your body.

Contrary to what many skeptics and misinformed persons may report or say, even if your body sheds water during the first few days of a controlled carbohydrate diet plan like the South Beach Diet or Atkins... The body's water balance soon returns to normal and the weight loss that follows is the depletion of fat pounds.

This loss of fat reveals itself to one and all in the form of a decline in inches, verifiable from your body measurements, and pounds — regardless which low-carbohydrate diet you follow.

About the author: Craig Whitley is the Senior Editor of "Diets and Weight Loss Plans" - a daily blog for dieters.