Doctors and our government have been recommending reducing our calories. So as Americans, why do we keep getting fatter and fatter? Let me ask you this. How long can you be hungry before you giving in to your desire to eat? Some people can do it for days, some for months, occasionally for years and very rarely for life. Restrict your calories and you will be hungry, that’s very simple. Add some intense exercise and you will be even more hungry. Research shows there is a good chance you won’t maintain weight loss for the long haul with a diet focused on reducing calories. It requires permanent life adjustments not a temporary reduction in calories.
Yes, it’s true that if you eat fewer calories than you burn you will lose weight but that doesn’t matter since it does not work. So why do they recommend it? Follow the money trail. Who wins? Well, drug companies and sugar companies profit as people continue to eat more and more. Diabetes has risen dramatically as well as many other diet-related diseases during this time.
What is the solution? Most nutritional scientists that are not funded by Coke, Pepsi, Nabisco or the drug companies agree. The cause of obesity is the never ending stream of insulin rushing into our blood stream. When your body has a stream of insulin going through it, you will burn glucose not fat. Burning fat is healthier for your body and ultimately is going to be better for weight loss. Again, to burn fat you need to be in a low insulin state. You are in a low insulin state when avoiding carbohydrates and while sleeping.
Some people are highly carbohydrate intolerant, and some are less so. Each person needs to find their balance point once they are at their desired weight.
The worst offenders for producing insulin are processed carbohydrates especially the high glycemic ones. Grains, starches, and sugars. The list includes all bread, not just white bread; this means potatoes and rice and all varieties of sugars. Again each person is different. If you only want to lose a little weight just reducing that list by 50% might be enough. Other people need to take more extreme measures. Most people will benefit for highly restricting processed carbs, especially sugar and wheat products.
So this type of diet has had many names and versions, paleo diet, primal diet, Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet and Dukan diet to name a few. They all have the theme of low carbohydrates but vary by the amount of protein or fat and the execution methods. I can’t say which is best for everyone; you need to understand your personality and what will work for you.
Here is what is easy for me. Starting out the day with something called Bulletproof Coffee (google it) that includes a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of butter. Drinking Bulletproof Coffee extends your evening fast without insulin for a couple of extra hours. Then I follow with a big egg, cheese, meat based meal (fat and protein). The rest of the day I just try to minimize my processed carbs on most days. I only drink water, coffee, and tea. So 5 out of 7 days I just try to low carbs in my afternoons and evenings and usually a couple of days a week end up with something that won’t qualify, pasta, sushi…
So far this is working great for me I keep slowly losing weight so after 100 days now down about 25lbs to 25% bodyfat (BMI=25) which is acceptable but about 20% would be much better. You can restrict carbs more if you want to lose weight faster than this. I eat as much as I want, and you do not need to care about calories on this type of diet. As I mentioned above, everyone has been teaching you to pay attention to calories. I am saying forget about calories; it doesn’t matter. That is not me saying this; this is top current nutritional scientists saying this.
I have read about ten books on this subject recently. The one that appears to have the most scientific data backing it up is this one.
If you don’t like reading about a lot of deep facts and research these might not be the best books for you, but this book really backs up their claims with what feels like solid proof.