A low-carb diet aims to cut carbs to between 50 to 70g per day, which is about one-third of what the average Australian usually eats.
Most of us could benefit from cutting back on refined, processed carbs such as white bread, cakes, pastries and biscuits. Some people find they lose weight more easily when they reduce their overall intake of carbohydrates.
Lack of energy Feeling tired is a common gripe among those on a low-carb diet, and it can lead to eating more between meals and skipping exercise.
Digestive issues “Reducing the intake of grains, which are a good source of fibre, can cause many people to become constipated, and some may also develop unpleasant-smelling flatulence,” says Aloysa Hourigan from Nutrition Australia.
Drop in mood There’s a connection between carbs and mood. People who are on a low-carb diet experience more depression, tension, anxiety and feelings of hostility, research by Flinders University and the University of South Australia shows.