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Losing Weight by Cutting Carbs

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    Lightbulb Losing Weight by Cutting Carbs

    I've done this in the past in a limited way, and it does help take off the pounds and likely avoid or control type 2 diabetes. More information on why simple carbs in sweets, breads, potatoes, etc. help you put on and keep the weight. Full article here.



    Carbohydrates provide your body with glucose (blood sugar), its main fuel source. Popular snacks and binge-worthy foods tend to be simple carbs, including sugary sweets and baked goods made from refined flours.

    Fruits and vegetables are complex carbohydrates, which include higher levels of fiber and other healthful substances. In addition, this category covers starches such as whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, etc., some of which also supply protein).

    The higher glucose levels that occur when you eat too much simple carbohydrate can interfere with insulin, the body’s main blood sugar controller.

    Under such conditions, extra calories are much more easily stored as body fat and results in unwanted weight gain, says nutritionist Keith Kantor, PhD, CEO of the Nutritional Addiction Mitigation Eating and Drinking (NAMED) program in Atlanta, which helps people with mental illnesses through dietary changes.

    However, he says, “when glucose levels are cut off due to low-carb dieting, the body starts to burn fat instead.”

    Restricting carbohydrate intake also reduces the amount of insulin released into your bloodstream, adds nutritional biochemist Catherine Metzgar, PhD, RD, of Virta, a San Francisco-based online medical clinic specializing in type 2 diabetes. She explains, “Insulin is the body’s fat storage hormone, so, the less of it that is released, the easier time you will have losing weight.”

    Insulin resistance is essentially a result of carbohydrate intolerance, Metzgar notes, and a low-carb diet reduces the very foods that increase insulin levels most—carbs. By eliminating the root cause of elevated insulin levels in the body, low-carb dieters “are able to naturally improve glucose control, lose weight, and reduce hunger and cravings,” she says.

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    I've done the no carb/low carb diets and they do work but I missed the carbs and found myself going from one extreme to another.

    Now I'm living with a low fat plant based slow carb/high fiber diet and have found that to be a compromise that I can live with.

    The important thing is to keep at it until you find a healthful day to day eating plan that suits you, it's definitely worth the effort.

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    I went on a low fat diet years ago because I was told I had high cholesterol.

    I couldn't believe how much weight I was losing and it got so bad I couldn't sit down. I had no buttocks to speak of.

    So I went to the doctor and told him and he recommended I go off the diet before we do testing.

    It took me a month to put back a couple of pounds and I was splurging on milkshakes and hamburgers.

    I think a low fat diet works better than cutting out carbs. I have been able to maintain my weight now without any special considerations.

    But I do notice my portions are a lot smaller than they used to be.

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    "Everything in moderation."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
    I've done the no carb/low carb diets and they do work but I missed the carbs and found myself going from one extreme to another.

    Now I'm living with a low fat plant based slow carb/high fiber diet and have found that to be a compromise that I can live with.

    The important thing is to keep at it until you find a healthful day to day eating plan that suits you, it's definitely worth the effort.
    I've come around to this exact thinking. It's actually more like the way of thinking I grew up with before all the fads came around.
    We have so much knowledge now about health and nutrition to supplement our basic knowledge of healthy eating and lifestyle.
    I can live with it too.

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    I lost 60 lbs. by watching my carbs and limiting my meals to between 40-60 carbs. My doctor did not recognize me when he saw me 6 months later. Plus my A1C went from 7.4 to 5.2
    If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.

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    I did the same as Vinny, lost about 60 pounds with near identical results. I didn't cut out all my carbs, most of mine was from sugared drinks and other empty calories. I can't tolerate a high cholesterol diet. Once I got the weight off I just didn't eat as much, which is pretty normal for older people. A lot of my friends and family don't see how I can pass up a piece of cake or ice cream, but really once I did without them I can easily skip them. I will have something sweet for my birthday or at special occasions but I watch my portion sizes. No way I can (or want to) eat as I once did, my wife and I can easily split a normal restaurant meal.

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    I have done just about the same things as Aunt Bea (she could be writing my story), and am happily now on a plant based , complex carb way of eating as well. I really like this, and i don’t miss meat in my diet at all. Actually, I am about 90% plant-based, and i still add meat to some foods, but more as a flavor enhancer than as a main part of the meal, like Atkins-style diets did.
    If I make a pot of chili beans, I will usually add just a small amount of hamburger to the pot, and it gives that real chili flavor, but doesn’t add much extra fat to the chili.
    I track my food intake on an app called CarbManager, and this enables me to stay low-carb, low-fat, and make sure that I am getting about the right amounts of protein, fats and carbs each day.
    It syncs with my Health app on the phone, so it is part of my overall health tracking, and i really like that. The Health app also tell me how much of each vitamin and mineral I am getting with my meals, so I can see if I need to supplement on any of those as well.
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