Low Carb vs Low Fat Diets – Which is Best?
Low Carb vs Low Fat Diets – Which is Best?Oct 25th, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: Coach Nancy - The Way I See It..., Nutrition & Weight Loss
I get email regularly from clients looking to lose fat and often I’m asked which diet they should follow, a low carbohydrate diet or a low fat diet.
The best diet watches both. But you can move either way on spectrum where as you add more carb, you have to take out more fat. And, conversely, as you add more fat you must remove more carb. The adjustments here go beyond just keeping a total calorie total for anygiven day (although you’ll want to look at that also). As you eat more carb, the body will stop using fat stores for energy needs. So as you add more carb, don’t eat fat with it or it will be stored as fat.
I recommend for people starting a new diet to follow a diet that has a 30/40/30 ratio of carb/protien /fat calories. That will be lower carb for most people (compared to what they have been eating) and it will also likely be lower fat. As you do eat carbohydrates, make sure that they don’t come from processed wheat products or sugar. That means cookies are off the diet!
Now if you want to accelerate your rate of fat loss, bring your carbs per day down to .75 – .8 grams per pound of bodyweight. So if you weigh 150 lbs, then you would only consume between 112 – 120 grams of carbohydrate each day. This will be 30 – 40 grams less than you would have had otherwise. Now you can add the 120 – 150 calories you’ll lose each day (take your grams of carbs x 4) back in divided between protein and fat.
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P.S. check out [my p90x diet] guidelines.Google+