If I can stop you eating as much as you want on a low carb diet, I can probably get you to lose weight. Most people think they can freely feed on Atkin’s or South Beach or Dukan or whatever, and lose weight. It’s probably not going to happen. In the 1970’s, the Carbo-Calorie was one of the first attempts to control calories on a low carb diet. It didn’t work because the calories were too high for weight loss, but it was a step in the right direction. Here’s the formula to calculate the Carbo-Calories in a food. Carbo-Calories = (20 x grams of carbohydrate in the food) + (calories in the food) / 24. You were supposed to be able to eat up to 100 Carbo-Calories a day and lose weight. The Carbo-Calorie Diet didn’t work, because it was way to easy to eat too many calories. If you calculate the Carbo-Calories in steak for example, your daily allotment of 100 Carbo-Calories of steak (steak has zero grams of carbohydrate) has 2400 calories. You can’t eat 2400 calories a day and expect to lose weight. Limiting carbohydrates alone is a way to deprive and torture yourself, and probably not lose weight.