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Do you have to quit carbs to lose weight? This video will tell you whether low carb diets are the best strategy for weight loss. With the advent of paleo diets and a low carb diet for weight loss, many women have come to believe that you have to quit carbs for weight loss or completely quit sugar. But especially if you lead an active lifestyle and work out frequently, the opposite may be true.

A low carb meal plan may leave you without enough energy stores to perform your workouts and for your muscles to grow. It is important to eat carbs for weight loss, but to be mindful of the type of carbs you are eating. You may not be aware that fruits, nuts and even vegetables contain carbohydrates. It’s true that carbs aren’t just pastas, rice, bread and other grains! But all of these carbohydrates are part of the Athlean XX for Women meal plan, which we feel is the best nutrition plan for weight loss http://athleanx.com/best-workout-program-for-women/getlean

If you’re looking for the best diet to lose weight, what’s most important is balance. Beyond carbs it’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough lean proteins and healthy fats in your diet.

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5 Replies to “Low Carb Diet (DO YOU HAVE TO QUIT CARBS TO LOSE WEIGHT??)”

  1. Drake Santiago

    People can lose weight while eating a diet rich in carbohydrates, provided that they are NOT insulin resistant, and they are instead insulin sensitive. However, much of the reason why people are overweight is because they are insulin resistance, and this insulin resistance makes them predisposed to storing fat, after a high carb meal, and their fat cells, due to the action of elevated insulin, prevents fat stores from liberating fatty acids for energy usage. For these insulin resistant people, which probably constitutes the majority of overweight people, the low carbohydrate diet is the most effective dietary strategy to lose weight and keep it off.

    Rationalizing the large consumption of carbohydrates, for the purposes of fueling a high intensity workout, would only make sense if the high intensity  workout induced fat loss results to such a high degree that it countered acted the fat storage activities that a high insulin producing high carbohydrate diet will induce. The fact is that in most overweight insulin resistant people, this is not the case. Exercise, while having many benefits, is not, in and of itself, a great producer of fat loss. It only has a minimal effect – far too minimal to justify eating a large amount of carbohydrates to facilitate  it. 

    As Elaine Nilsson, the person who posted before me so rightly said, there is no need to ingest carbohydrates. Unlike essential proteins, fats, and certain micro-nutrients, the body manufacturers all the carbohydrate it needs from a process called gluconeogenesis. – where protein and fat are turned into carbohydrate by the liver. That is why certain hunter gather societies, who have no source of rich carbohydrate foods, can survive and thrive. 

    Furthermore, the low carbohydrate diet, more so than high carbohydrate diets, satiate the body the most. As a result fewer calories are ingested, in the long term.

    With respect to exercise performance, the lagging of such performance on a low carbohydrate diet is only experienced in the first few weeks of the diet. As long as one sticks to the diet, without significant deviation, the body will adapt to the utilization of fat (both on your body and what you ingest), and ketones, as its primary source of fuel. This process is called ketoadaptation, and now many long distance runners are taking advantage of it. For more information on this, read Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek's book, "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance"

  2. Elaine Nilsson

    How man essential carbs are there? NONE!! Your body converts everything you eat to sugar. The only right kind of carb is a cruciferous vegetable. Brown rice and any grains and fruits will cause your insulin to spike, thus storing as fat. Also, any protein that you eat over 6 oz will turn to carbs as well, so be careful there. The goal is to burn fat, not lose weight. You can lose weight easily by burning muscle, but if you want to burn fat, then your glycogen stores have to be depleted and the only way to do that is to stop overdoing the carbs.

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