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Weight Loss: Low Carbohydrates Or Moderate Carbohydrates?

Weight Loss: Low Carbs Or Moderate Carbs?

The 3 Week DietI know, I know, you are thinking of weight loss again. The pounds crept back up there didn’t they? Please consider these points before deciding to diet again and again.

Perhaps changing your STYLE of eating, is the answer in the end. This will give you a life long answer to losing weight, rather than a short term quick fix diet every few months… and then gain it back.

Cut Back On Carbohydrates

Read this weight loss information, switch to a moderate carb containing diet and build health while you work at weight loss. A low carbohydrate diet can help short term, but is not the long term answer. The moderate use of carbohydrates is how you train yourself for the long term.

The same style of eating is not right for everyone. Neither is the same diet. Most of the overweight people that I see wanting to diet are having a metabolic problem related to a blood sugar imbalance, which can include hyperinsulinism and insulin resistance. Let’s discuss the role of carbohydrates (starches) and how our body reacts to the consumption of carbohydrates.

What does our body do with carbohydrates?

Carbohydrate foods convert to sugars that trigger insulin production, which our body needs for certain processes, and triggers fat storage. So does sugar. Bottom line: that is how the body works. There is no use trying to fight it, instead work with your body.

The first step is to check how much carbohydrates and sugar you are taking in every day. It means eating smaller portions of the things we love that are carbohydrates and cutting out the things that are bad for you such as sugar containing products and refined foods.

Low Carbohydrate Diet PlanWill protein help?

Protein is the counter balance to the carbohydrate over consumption problem. Getting 1/2 the grams of protein to the grams of carbohydrates is a good place to start.

The broad statement is to eat more protein containing foods and less carbohydrates. There is a limit to how much protein to eat though.

Protein also builds muscle mass which helps to burn fat. You don’t eat bigger portions, you eat some protein and less carbohydrates. Eat a little more often as well, so that the blood sugar remains more stable without the ups and downs. So that would mean eat 4 to 6 times a day.

Now go to your cupboard and take out a few packaged goods. Take a good look at the carbohydrate to protein ratio per serving. Lets start off with some cookies: Carbohydrates 17g, Protein 2g, (This was a Health Food Store Cookie, check yours! Carbs are usually much higher.) Penne Pasta: Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 7g., Oatmeal: Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 6g. Ouch! Not enough protein in any of these to counter balance the carbohydrates.

Do you get the picture yet? For weight loss most of us need to cut back on the carbohydrates, but don’t cut them out completely. See my suggestions below.

You will need some sources of protein through out the day to keep the body in balance. For many people, protein and carbohydrates at the same meal do not digest well together. Protein and vegetables do digest well together.

Other Suggestions

Other good things to do for balance are – drink 1 quart of water for every 50 lbs. of weight. Most people do not drink enough water.

Vegetables contain some carbohydrates. Eat plenty of vegetables, at least half of what you eat should be vegetables. They provide the bulk and fiber that we need to avoid constipation and are the primary source of minerals and vitamins we need every day.

Limit, but do not cut out completely, root vegetables as these are more starchy, containing more carbohydrates. Examples:

  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • yams
  • beets.

Some people chose to eat some fruit every day. Apples are a good choice. Leave fruit juice out of you diet except for the rare occasion.

Eat raw foods everyday, Eat freshly made, not pre-packaged foods. Drop white flour products, refined products and sugar from your daily diet – make them a rare treat for special occasions.

Add to your regime digestive enzymes with each meal. The ones I have suggested, I sold to my clients, as they are high quality. Some enzymes are very poor quality and it will be hard on your own to know what to get.

By putting cooked, microwaved, and processed foods (foods with no live enzymes left) into the body, your system is then forced to draw on its own account of enzymes, metabolic and digestive, to do the job.

Eventually you deplete your account and the body has to completely rely on itself, pulling from the enzyme and immune system to digest food instead of rebuilding the body and fighting illness. When you cannot digest your food well, you can end up adding on the pounds.

Start Making Changes Today!

What I have stated is not specific for each person. However, I believe the over consumption of carbohydrates, sugars and non-food foods is the leading cause of obesity in the United States. It is time to do something about this.

Make healthy choices! Lower your carbohydrate consumption and eat more vegetables for healthy weight loss. A moderate carbohydrate diet, free of sugars and simple carbohydrates rather than a low carbohydrate diet may be what you need for ongoing maintenance of weight loss as well.

This will help you now and decrease your likelihood of developing excess fat and blood sugar problems, including Diabetes later.

Next see the Video on the Fat burning secrets of the Celebrities and  Fitness Gurus – the 3 week diet.