I’m keen to lose weight and want to know more about carbohydrates and the amount to consume so I can shed a few kilos.

Weight loss and, most importantly, keeping it off, is a more complicated process than just calculating your calories or carbs.

There are many different ways to lose weight but the key here is to identify where you are in terms of your current fitness levels and where you are headed.

Most people think that the best way to go about losing weight is to cut down the carbs as much as possible. That could be a great strategy if you keep the psychological factors away. Problem is, psychology plays a huge role in helping people keep away the weight they have lost. If you are someone who has been through this process several times, then jumping back on a low-carb diet would be quite useless.

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A change in your outcome will require a change in your process. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to go below 20- 25 per cent of their daily calorie intake from carbs, unless they are epileptic, of course ultra-low carb diets are effective ways to manage epilepsy. But for most people, gradually reducing carbohydrates is a good idea.

If you are new to the whole low-carb world, it’s important you realise that everything vegan or vegetarian (except coconut oil and some other oils) have carbs. So it’s not just rice, bread, pasta and roti but fruits, veggies, nuts and avocados too have carbs.

Once you know what the current sources of carbs are in your diet, you can gradually start to eliminate the most active ones (rice, bread, potato etc) and keep the slow carbs like fibrous fruits and veggies.

If you have plateaued in your weight loss journey and are looking to shock your body, going on a low-carb diet can help temporarily.

I would not recommend going very low on carbs for too long because it is never be sustainable, and can in fact lead to deficiencies in the long run. That can also cause you to develop a negative relationship with your food and, eventually, yourself.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.