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Which is More Important - Low Carb or Low Fat?

Which is More Important - Low Carb or Low Fat?

Low Carb or Low Fat?

There is a lot of confusion regarding whether it is more important to reduce carb intake or fat intake. For one, both types of diets are commonly recommended by nutritionists, but it is usually one or the other that is recommended. The HCG diet in particular is both low carb and low fat because it is low calorie, and it almost completely avoids fat altogether with its food choices. The HCG diet does not eliminate fat because it is necessarily bad; it is only eliminated so that it does not interfere with the hormone. Once Phase 3 of the diet is reached and the hormone is no longer being used, natural oils such as olive and coconut oil can be used in cooking.

Low fat diets are not effective

Diets that only restrict fat consumption but allow dieters to eat a large amount of carbohydrates each day are not effective for weight loss. Carbohydrates are converted to fat because as soon as they are eaten, insulin is released, and any excess glucose in the bloodstream from the carbohydrate meal is converted into fat or stored in the body's fat and muscle cells. Insulin causes glucose to be converted into glycogen, a ready source of fuel, but only a limited amount of glucose can be converted into glycogen. When these insulin spikes occur on a regular basis they lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, and a host of other health problems. Therefore, low fat diets alone are not the solution for weight loss.

Low carb diets are effective at reversing disease

The HCG diet is a low carbohydrate  diet because it limits its carbohydrates only to natural sources, and the carbohydrate intake is low enough to create ketosis, or the metabolic state where fat is burned as a primary source of energy. The diet completely avoids starches and grains, two of the largest source of carbohydrates and calories in the standard American diet. By getting rid of two of the biggest culprits for weight gain, the HCG diet can potentially reverse many of the effects of a high carbohydrate intake such as high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and diabetic symptoms, and more. Being a low fat diet as well, it results in a large amount of weight loss.

Low carbohydrate diets have better health benefits than low fat diets

One study found that low carbohydrate diets resulted in more weight loss, a greater reduction in cholesterol levels, and a greater reduction in triglyceride levels compared to low fat diets over a year. On average, dieters on the low carb diet lost 8 pounds more than the low fat diet participants. Although some dietitians believe that low carbohydrate diets are risky the opposite is true, they are effective when they are properly administered and monitored, and diets like the human chorionic gonadotropin diet have proven to result in a significant amount of weight loss in just a matter of weeks, as well as lowered triglyceride and cholesterol levels in many cases.

Exercise is not possible on reduced carbohydrate diets

One thing to keep in mind is that any diet that restricts carbohydrates will result in diet participants not being able to exercise. Carbohydrates are used for muscle fuel and when they are restricted a person will easily fatigue during strenuous exercise. The rule holds true for diets like the HCG diet which is both low fat and low carb, as well as low calorie. Exercise must usually be limited to only mild forms of exercise. Also, most medical professionals and dieticians advise to never restrict calorie intake or carbohydrate intake for too long of a period of time, as there can be both short term and long term health consequences.

Low carb diets aren't always low carb

Not every diet that claims to be low carb is actually low carb. For example, there are some diets that allow you to eat as many grams of fiber as you want, or as many fruits and vegetables as you want without considering the fact that many of them are high in carbohydrates in spite of their other health benefits. Diets that are not very precise and give only general rules about what a person should eat are usually not effective at all because there is too much room for error. It is easy to eat over 100 grams of carbohydrates per day when you are allowed to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want and the quantity is not limited.

Research proves that low carb is better

In spite of some of the problems you may run into with some of the diets out there, there is no doubt that a reduced carbohydrate diet is far better and more important for your health than a low fat diet, and several clinical studies have confirmed this. Fat from natural sources such as extra virgin olive oil or the fats found in nuts are actually beneficial for your health, as they have  large amounts of monounsaturated fats which are known to reduce your risk of cardiovascular illnesses while improving heart health. You should never assume that all fats are bad, and the same goes for carbohydrates, but as a general rule you should limit carbohydrates in your diet, particularly from sources such as grains, sugar, processed foods, and starch, as these carbohydrates are broken down quickly and readily stored as fat.

Some carbs are good

Having a small amount of carbohydrate intake every day is both necessary and important. Carbohydrates are used by the body as a source of energy and a low carbohydrate intake over a long period of time can result in hormone imbalances, a slowed metabolism and a host of other problems. Essentially, anyone who is considering trying out a reduced carbohydrate or reduced calorie diet needs to consult with a medical professional prior to starting the diet. A medically supervised diet can be a safe way to lose weight, but the proper carbohydrate intake needs to be maintained throughout the diet, and the foods allowed on the diet need to be specified.

Try the HCG diet to guarantee weight loss

The HCG diet is unique because it is one of the only diets that excludes certain foods and specifies a list of foods, and also gives specific instructions on the amount of each type of food that should be eaten every day. This type of diet is perfect for those who are looking to lose weight because there is no room for any error; if the diet protocol is followed correctly it will result in weight loss as it has for thousands of people in the past. There is a strict limit on calories and both carbohydrates and fat are restricted, with fat being more restricted than carb intake. The creator of the diet, Dr A.T.W. Simeons knew that low grain and starch intake was important for weight loss, and the diet restricts these foods purposely. For more information on how the HCG diet can help you lose weight quickly, click here.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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