Low Carbs = Low Fat

Low Carbs – The Best Way To Lose Body Fat?

No diet issue has created more confusion and controversy than the low carbohydrate vs. high carbohydrate debate.

Contrary to what certain diet “guru’s” tell you, carbohydrates are not fattening.

It’s simply not true to say, “carbohydrates are fattening.” What’s fattening is eating more calories than your body can use at one time.

Sure some people lose weight on a low carbohydrate diet, but that’s not the same thing as saying carbohydrates are fattening. Most bodybuilders will even use some variation of the low carb diet at some point during their training.

Regardless, very low carb diets are not the answer to permanent weight loss. At worst they are unhealthy and at best they’re a temporary tool that should be used only for short periods of time to achieve specific fat loss goals (preparing for the beach or for bodybuilding competition, for example).

Most people will lose fat simply by adding a regular exercise routine to their schedule and by eating small frequent meals, controlling portion sizes, cutting down on unhealthy fats, and avoiding sugar and refined foods.

Low carb diets can accelerate fat loss if you do it right –  decrease your carbohydrates moderately and add in some of the “good fats.” Cutting out carbs completely isn’t necessary and it’s probably not healthy, it’s hard to stick to, it’s eliminates many good nutrients, it decreases your energy, and it’s certainly no fun!

Weight loss on a very low carb diet can be deceiving. Yes, you will definitely lose weight if you don’t eat carbs, but much of the initial weight loss will be muscle and water. Suppose you lose 5 lbs in one week on a low carb diet: that sounds impressive, but if one pound is fat, two pounds are water and two pounds are muscle, what did you accomplish? Your goal should never be weight loss. Your goal should be fat loss.

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This entry was posted on August 30th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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