People can lose weight by eating foods with no sugar and no carbohydrates, according to Mayo Clinic. A 2014 study shows that after a year, low-carbohydrate, higher-protein dieters lose approximately 1 pound more when compared to normal-protein dieters. Individuals who continued the diet long-term achieved the greatest benefit.
When compared to low-fat diets, low-carb and very low-carb diets can result in greater short-term weight loss, notes Mayo Clinic. Low-carb diets usually focus on proteins, such as meat, fish and poultry, and some nonstarchy vegetables while excluding foods including sweets, fruits, grains and pastas. A daily limit of 60 to 130 grams of carbohydrates, which provides 240 to 520 calories, is typical for low-carb diet plans. Very low-carb diets limit daily carbohydrate intake to 60 grams or less.