Originally Posted by Off Road
I eat a fair amount of carbs and I'm down almost 15 lbs in the last couple of months. So I'm not sold on the whole carb and sugar thing myself. To me, total calories are king when trying to lose fat. Combining that with a good amount of exercise and it's a winning combination.
Cutting calories does work with weight loss. That's not what I'm trying to say at all.
Take it from this:
The calorie theory was proven wrong by Adolf Fick, MD over 130 years ago...the calorie "theory" gives a measure of heat to proteins, fats and carbs. The problem with that is the human body is not a heat engine. We are chemical factories. That's why the obesity epidemic.
We have been told to eat a 40% carbohydrate diet since the food pyramid was first created. Oh, they changed it to 20% a couple of years ago because they realized they had been turning everyone diabetic. it was not widely publicized because it would open up a wave of lawsuits.
Fat can only be stored when insulin is produced. Insulin is only produced when consuming carbs. The definition of insulin is, its a fat storage hormone..
As to the fats containing the measure of 9 calories, who cares. It is physiologically impossible to store body fat from consuming natural fat. There is also no saturated fat in artery and is used for energy by the body.
Butter is used directly for energy. Textbook of Medical Physiology, pg. 843
Excess carbohydrate [more than 4-5 ounces] prevents the body from burning fat and increases stored body fat. Textbook of Medical Physiology, pgs 871, 936; Basic Medical Biochemistry - A Clinical Approach, pgs 24, 394
Glucose NOT body’s preferred energy source; fatty acids are. Basic Medical Biochemistry - A Clinical Approach , pgs: 29, 145, 203, 272, 357
Eating carbohydrate SLOWS METABOLISM; fat and protein digestion increase metabolism . Textbook of Medical Physiology, pg. 908
Couple this with the anabolic hormonal benefits that come with healthy fats and I'd say a high fat diet would be the better approach.
I didn't say just simply cutting calories wouldn't work, but with high fat diets you have more wiggle room with your intake. This compromised with the fact that fats feel you up much quicker and you remain with the feeling with the full stomach and a better mood stands out.