Good carbs? Bad carbs? No carbs?
Is an easy diet and an effective weight loss program really all about carbohydrates and how the body burns or stores them?
In recent years; several different diets have emerged that claim that the real cause of weight gain is how the body reacts to carbohydrate consumption. I call these the: Good carbs? Bad carbs? No carbs? diets, but can they be an easy diet?
Some weight loss programs would have you try to avoid carbohydrates almost entirely. As a student of nutrition; it just does not seem wise or healthy to me to try to eliminate almost an entire food group from our diets.
Other diet plans suggest that only certain types of carbs are responsible for gaining weight. This approach makes a little more sense to me in terms of nutrition. I actually had good success with one of these plans a couple of years ago; for the short term. Once I had lost a good bit of weight and entered the “maintenance” phase of the diet; the weight started returning. I also realized that even though the emphasis was on carbohydrates; I believe that the real reason this plan worked as it did was because portion size was the really critical element. To me; that makes this type of plan a variation of the calorie counting philosophy.
So; Good carbs? Bad carbs? No carbs? Can these plans work? Are they an easy diet? They will work to differing degrees for different people. The real problem with these plans is that they do not take into account known medical facts about how the body responds to dieting.
We know now, that it is the metabolism that controls how quickly we burn calories. We also know that the body adjusts itself to what it expects based upon what you give it. If you suddenly change your diet by decreasing carbohydrate consumption; or eating fewer calories; the body; through the metabolism; will very quickly adjust itself to burn fewer calories. This fact is why weight loss used to be so difficult and why most diets failed.
Today, we have weight loss programs that are designed around the medically proven principles of how the body reacts to dieting. A very effective program, and thus an easy diet; that I have found is based upon the concept of calorie shifting. With a calorie shifting program; you are required to eat often to keep the metabolism in high gear. This means that you never feel hungry or deprived like you often would with other diet plans. That makes these programs a lot easier to stick with; and that of course is one of the reasons why they are so effective.
The real key to calorie shifting though is the technique of varying (shifting) the types of foods you eat and when you eat them. By doing this; you prevent the metabolism from getting into a routine; and thus avoid the metabolic slow down that most other diets cause.
These plans are highly effective because they are easy to follow; which leads to long term success. Most people also experience rapid weight loss; which keeps the morale and motivation high.
Good carbs? Bad carbs? No carbs? Not for me.
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