Lowering carbs

  • sfboy987

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:54 AM GMT
    If I lower the amount of carbs I consume so I can lose body fat, what will this mean after I reach my goal? For example, if I increase my carbs after I reach my goal will I gain the weight back?
  • DiverScience

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    Aug 27, 2008 1:13 PM GMT
    Weight loss is determined by calorie intake vs calorie expenditure, not by carb intake.

    If you decrease carbs in order to decrease calories and lose weight, then increase them again, yes, you will. Just as if you'd decreased fat, sugar, or protein to lose weight and then increased them again.

    Carbs are complex sugars. Breaking down the bonds in sugar is what your body does to make energy. If you don't give it any carbs, then your body uses methods such as ketosis to synthesize sugars de novo from other places.

    The problem isn't carbs, it's giving your body more fuel than it's using.
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    Aug 27, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    ^^^^^^^^^ What he said icon_smile.gif
  • sfboy987

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    Aug 27, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    Thanks for the help, that makes a lot of sense. However, I thought lowering carbs does help one lose body fat? I thought that was what the atkins diet was about?
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    Aug 27, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    sfb987, you might want to check out the blog of Dr. Michael Eades, who wrote the 'Protein Power' books. He covers the science of low-carb dieting in depth.

    http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/
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    Aug 28, 2008 5:52 PM GMT
    paradox saidsfb987, you might want to check out the blog of Dr. Michael Eades, who wrote the 'Protein Power' books. He covers the science of low-carb dieting in depth.

    http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/


    I wish the site was designed better but it does give useful information.

    Hes the short end of what diets like atkins and southbeach do. First 1-2 weeks, depending on the diet, require you to cut out carbs. This is to shock your system and for a majority of the people it does and the results are 6-10lb in a week.

    After that you increase carbs to the point of finding the sweet spot. This number varies depending on the person. It is basically the number in which you body uses it all for energy and does not store it, also so its enough that you feel full when eating.

    The problem is like diver said you will put the weight back on if you go back to your usually eating. The best way to go about this is looking at what you eat and how much. The calculate calories of your workout and food intake and figure out what needs to be changed.