Can Cutting Carbs Really Lead to Weight Loss?

First you were told that eating fat makes you fat. Now you know that is incorrect, it’s really eating refined sugar that makes you fat. Fats are needed as a part of a healthy diet. You were also told you shouldn’t eat more than one egg a day because of a link to cholesterol. Now you know eggs aren’t linked to high cholesterol levels, so eating a couple of day will not do you any harm. You may have heard that cutting back on the carbs can lead to significant weight loss. Is this another one of those health recommendations that will soon be changed?

Let’s first take a look at what happens on a typical diet.

Most attempts at losing weight will leave you frustrated, extremely hungry, unsatisfied after mealtime, and all of these things can eventually lead to weight gain. You don’t give your body the nutrition it needs, your brain consistently sends hunger signals, and you end up overeating unhealthy “comfort” foods unless you have iron willpower.

The Carbohydrate/Weight Loss Connection

Fortunately, there is an easy way to lose weight and still feel full after you eat. First, you need to reduce your appetite significantly. You want to see quick but safe weight loss, without hunger, to keep you motivated. You also want to boost your metabolic process so you burn more fat, calories and carbohydrates than you usually do.

To do all of those things in one fell swoop, cut back on sugar and starches.

Refined sugar is not needed by the human body. There are plenty of naturally healthy sugars in vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries. Refined sugar leads to high insulin levels. Insulin is the major fat storage hormone in your body. When you get too much sugar and starches, you pack on the pounds, usually unhealthy fat.

When you cut back on simple carbohydrates and starches, your insulin levels lower, you automatically eat fewer calories, and you are not hungry as often.

What to Eat Instead of Carbs

In place of simple carbohydrates, eat foods that have very few carbohydrates, or complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are harder to process, so they are not absorbed into your bloodstream as quickly as simple carbs. Protein sources to focus on that are low-carb or no-carb include pork, beef, chicken, lamb and bacon. Fish and seafood that deliver protein and are healthy include wild-caught salmon and trout, as well as shrimp, lobsters and other shellfish. Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs are excellent protein sources.

Getting plenty of protein each day can boost your metabolism to where it is burning an additional 80 to 100 cal per day.

What Daily Carb Count Leads to Weight Loss?

Cut your carb intake back to 20 to 50 g per day for quick and healthy weight loss. Eat low-carb vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers and celery. Skip the grains, as several studies show there is absolutely no human need for grains in your diet. Healthy fats include olive, coconut and avocado oils, butter and tallow. Don’t be scared to eat fat. Remember, fat doesn’t make you fat, simple carbohydrates and sugar do.

 

 

 

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