May 12 2016

Is Low Carb The Best Diet For Fat Loss?

Let me first start by saying I hate the word diet, as this wreaks of quick fix and yoyo dieting.  I’d rather use the word dietary strategy.  Chopping and changing how you eat to meet a short term goal is the path to frustration. Low carb for weight-loss has stuck…

Let me first start by saying I hate the word diet, as this wreaks of quick fix and yoyo dieting.  I’d rather use the word dietary strategy.  Chopping and changing how you eat to meet a short term goal is the path to frustration.

Low carb for weight-loss has stuck around for many years and it doesn’t seem to get getting any less popular.  Indeed in recent years it has evolved into low carb high fat, low carb whole foods, low carb ‘paleo’ foods.  Many people swear by them, and I’m sure you know someone who has lost weight by cutting them out.  But why is it so effective?

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Let me put to rest a myth.  Carbs do not turn to fat in non sedentary people.  If you do exercise, then you will not put on fat through carbohydrates.  These will simply be burned or replenish your stored glycogen in your muscle.  However, if you’re inactive then low carbs is a suitable way to control your weight – for everyone else it may be robbing Peter to pay Paul by decreasing your exercise performance.

Now of course you can overeat in carbs but this is not likely to happen as the highest carb foods are twinned with fat.  For those of you who exercise it’s fat the you need to avoid over carbohydrates.  For example you could eat a massive 200g of rice with dinner (0.6g of fat), or eat a tub of Hargen Daz has approx 60g of carbs (35g of fat!).  NB Fat remains as fat in the body, it doesn’t convert into anything else.  More consumed fat = more stored fat.  Yes there is something called ketosys, but that is not the topic for another time.

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Whatever dietary strategy you use that works for you (as long as it doesn’t damage your health), is the one you should use.  I’d also add, when you remove a food group from your diet you will lose weight i.e a plate of steak, green and potatoes (500 calories), become 400 if you take away the potatoes =, hence weight loss.  It wasn’t some magic.

Sal

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Salman