Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Cut Those Carbs!

Cut Those Carbs!

More evidence that Moderating Carbohydrate Intake can lead to fat loss

We've been saying and writing it for years, and an increasing body
of clinical evidence supports what you should consider a basic principle
of fat reduction: if you're in relatively good shape and you're looking
to get leaner, then the best dietary change you should make is to
moderate your carbohydrate intake and up your protein immediately.

For some reason, people still don't want to understand and accept that
dietary fat per-se is NOT the issue for most people who are active. It's
the intake of excess carbohydrates that is largely responsible for
adding adipose tissue to your body. Moderate the carbs and you'll drop
the fat.

Here's the evidence. In a recent study, two groups were monitored. Both
groups consumed 30% of their daily calorie intake in fats. The only
significant dietary difference was that one group consumed only 12% of
their calories from protein (58% carbohydrates), while the other group
consumed 25% protein (45% carbohydrates).

Even with consistent fat intake and a relatively minor reduction in
carbs (from 58% to 45%), the results were clear. After six months, the
higher protein, lower carb group lost a full 50% more fat than the
higher carb group. I would expect results to be even more dramatic if
the carbohydrate intake was dropped down closer to 40%, as in the
popular 40-30-30 fat loss programs.

It's important to realize that we're not suggesting cutting out
carbohydrates altogether-this is ultimately counter-productive-but
rather a gradual reduction in carbs to balance out the diet. There's
no doubt that most people, and Americans in particular, over-eat
carbohydrates-in particular, heavily processed carbs and simple
sugars.
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