Remove Carbs Instead of Calories for a Healthy Diet


A new study that focuses on weight loss notes that overweight people on a low-carb diet were able to burn more calories, up to 250, when compared to others that were on a high-carb diet.

The study argues that maintaining a strict diet, particularly when you are hungry, may be easier if you opt for a low-carb diet as calories are needed in order to keep your metabolism regulated and improve the chances to the treat obesity.

It was revealed that the body treats calories differently and curbing down carbohydrate consumption is a more effective strategy in the long run. One of the most important issues tackled by the research is the fact that the body tends to enter an emergency state as weight is shed, and the brain sends more hunger signals in order to reverse the process.

This is one of the principal causes of failure since many people on a diet will be tempted to eat something in order to remove the unpleasant feeling. The reaction itself is quite interesting since the body is not starved, but a new theory notes that hunger and weight gain may be influenced by the carbohydrate-insulin balance which is affected by the consumption of processed carbohydrates like white bread.

According to the study processed carbohydrates are quickly converted into sugar, boosting insulin levels at the same time. As the insulin levels rise fat cells will store more calories. Since the brain is unable to track calories that are tied to fat cells it will believe that the body needs more food.

164 participants participated in the study and they consumed only what the researchers deemed as appropriate during the trial. At first, they lost over 12%o of their total body weight.

During a period of 20 weeks they were split into three well-defined groups. One group consumed a diet that contained 20% carbohydrates, another one 40% and the last one 60%.

The study concluded that the participants in the first group were able to shed the largest amount of weight. The results were recently published in a peer-reviewed journal.


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