and Carbs and Fat, Oh My!
of how much weight you might want to lose, you'll no doubt run into
the same confusing issues everyone else does. Should you cut down
your calories? Should you reduce or eliminate your carbohydrate
intake? Or should you just cut out fat? I know I get so confused
by all the different information available out there, I sometimes
wonder if it would be easiest to just stop eating.
obviously, not eating can and will kill you, if you keep the fast
going long enough. Some forms of juice fasts and even water fasting
can be beneficial, but chronic fasting will impact your health.
Particularly if you do any of this for long periods of time.
problem isn't really that there exist so many opinions, facts, and
theories on weight loss, the problem is that many of these approaches
work. Going on a juice fast will make you lose weight. But staying
on a juice fast for too long could create further problems down
to talk about lowering calorie intake. The body burns a certain
amount of calories in any given day, so taking in less than you're
using will cause you to lose weight. The problem most people run
in to with this approach is they become hungry all the time. Modern
day foods don't keep most of us full and satiated for very long,
but they contain quite a bit of calories.
eating three simple meals of 400 calories each will give us a total
of 1200 calories for the day. This is quite low for most men and
women, but it will cause you to lose weight. Unfortunately, the
three meals you choose to eat may not satisfy you, so you end up
hungry or even famished more often than not.
could try eating five meals totaling just 250 calories each and
that will help quite a bit. You're not going so long between meal
times, and you may not feel quite as deprived in the process. You
have to be careful with your meal choices when going this route
though because as I've said: Our modern meals are not overly low
in calories. In fact, many quick snacks come close to having 250
calories all by themselves.
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what about cutting fat then, and forgetting the calorie intake?
The downside of the anti-fat diet is that eating foods with little
to no fat will leave you hungrier than eating foods based on calorie
totals. Also, an extreme anti-fat diet will cause health problems
down the road.
helps fill you up and keep you feeling satiated for a longer period
of time. But even worse, foods without fat tend to have many more
"fillers" in the form of sugar and starch. Sugars and
starches are processed by your body quickly, which means you're
hungrier again sooner. And many people make the mistake of thinking
as long as they're not eating fat, they can eat "nonfat"
products anytime they'd like. In reality, they're loading up on
too many calories, and too much processed sugars and chemical-laden
said, of course there are fats you should limit in your diet. These
are considered to be "bad" fats, and are called trans
fats. Too many of these types of fat can cause health problems
in addition to weight problems.
let's look at the low carb issue. Eliminating carbs all together
was all the rage years ago, but that's not a wise move, as time
has shown. Most of your healthy fruits and vegetables have at least
some carbohydrates in them. So a better plan is to limit or restrict
your carb intake instead of trying to eliminate it all together.
fact, you should strive to choose healthy good carbs instead of
simple ones. You can still limit the total amount of carbohydrates
you take in each day, but be sure to eat those which are good for
you such as what you find in vegetables or organic cheese.
you've heard about the program where you're able to eat as much
food as they want as long as you limit carb intake. Some practitioners
eat 3000 calories or more each day, but as long as they're restricting
the carbs, they can still lose weight.
this works is quite simple. Cutting out quick, simple sugars, starches,
and carbs from your diet will regulate your body's insulin production.
And it will force you to eat alternative foods, which fill you up
better and keep you full longer.
it or not, all of these common approaches to weight loss work together.
And they all work best when you cut out simple starches and sugars
from your diet. Cutting your carbs very low for just a few days
will kill your cravings for sweets... but it may also kill your
appetite. In the end you actually consume much less calories overall,
because you're not hungry often and you're not getting hit with
sugar cravings. So a low carb diet will turn into a low calorie
diet over time.
same applies to low fat diets. If done well, you will find yourself
eating more fiber rich foods to help you feel full longer. And foods
which are naturally higher in fiber are also naturally lower in
carbs and calories.
all boils down to eating well. Choose healthy fats and healthy carbs,
plus eliminate simple starches and sugars, and you will lose weight.
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