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The Whys

Monday, August 13, 2012

You are probably familiar with the basics of weight loss:

Keep your carbs low, your fat high and eat moderate proteins; the particulars are Carbs under 50 grams, Fats over 50% of calories and Proteins around 6 ounces.

Here are the whys:

Your body has to principal fuel engines, you burns glucose (carbs) the other lipids (fats), and they do not run at the same time. Your body does not tolerate glucose well so it burns it first, if can’t get rid of it all, it converts the remainder to fat, but more importantly it prevents your fat burning engine from turning on until he it is done with the glucose. At under 50 grams of carbs (with moderate protein) you will most certainly turn on your fat burning engine.

Why moderate protein? When you consume too much protein, the excess is turned into glucose just like carbs. You may be under 50 grams but if you eat too much protein you will delay the start up of you fat burning engine.
Your fat burning engine will burn the fat you eat, and the excess fat on your body… when it’s turned on. Once you get pass the carb cravings, your fat engine will communicate with your mind/stomach and actually stop you from eating, and start to burn more of the fat on your body. When at least 50% of your calories are coming from fat in your diet, this happens quickly. Generally within three days of starting a low carb high fat diet, you will seem to lose your appetite; this is because your body is burning your fat for fuel. It doesn’t need you to eat.

There is one other point worth mentioning. Carbs require water, lots of water to process, when you reduce your carbs you also reduce your retention of water, this is part of the reason your weight drops so quickly at first. It is also why it goes up so quickly when you decide to eat more carbs. If you are planning to eat more carbs after you have lost your weight, set your goal at least 3 lbs lower then were you want to be, to allow for the water gain as you add carbs.

That’s about it.
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  • ADZY86
    Thanks for this. I know I need to cut back on my protein a bit. I'm usually getting 120-130g of protein, and I'm not sure if that's too much! The highest I'm able to get my fat is to around 50%. I know others aim for higher, but no matter how much oil and mayonnaise I use I find it hard getting it up without then eating too many calories than my appetite cares for. Ah well...trial and error I guess.
    2108 days ago
    I always love your blogs. They are a treat! LOL.
    2109 days ago
    I try and keep the proteins around 20-25%, fat 70-75% and carbs 5-10%. (Notice, I said I try, unfortunately it doesn't always work out that way, but probably averages that.)

    2109 days ago
    Thanks - good reminder. I'm thinking I need to cut back on my proteins a bit. Too bad I like them so much!
    2109 days ago
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