What about calories?

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Low carb diet is not based on calorie restriction at all, but changes in metabolism which leads to weight loss when extra fat burns. Muscles and bones stay healthy and strong, unlike when following a diet low in calories, fat and nutrients. 

Low calorie-diets don’t work. Calories are not important in weight loss at all,  but actually our weight is carefully regulated by hormones, especially insulin. It’s all about insulin and insulin resistance. If you want to lose weight, you need to reduce insulin. Since insulin levels after meals are determined largely by the carbohydrates you eat, it is clear that if you want to lose weight, you don’t eat carbohydrates.  Dietary fat does not raise insulin like carbohydrates always do, so eating fat lowers insulin levels significantly, even when you take the same total number of calories you would if you were eating carbohydrates instead. If you reduce carbohydrates, insulin is reduced as well. Never mind about calories. Be careful with protein too because protein also stimulates insulin. Protein is important part of your diet, but you don’t need so much because our body cannot store excess protein directly, but converts it to glucose which again cause insulin spikes. This can stop your weight loss. 

So insulin is the hormone that signals your body to store energy in the form of fat. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to keep your insulin levels down. This you can only do with a diet low in carbohydrates and moderate in protein. Make sure you eat plenty of healthy fats and only unprocessed real food. Don’t eat all the time. Only max 3 meals a day, or take on intermittent fasting. Don’t snack between meals. You’ll definitely lose any excess weight.

Published by goodlifeandfood

Warm welcome to my blog. I’m Hanna, a nurse and also very passioned about healthy nutritious food and how it affects our overall health and wellbeing, both physical and mental. Eating right is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy. Not just cutting down sugar, grains and excess carbohydrates, but also choosing nutritious and good quality foods, such as good vegetables, berries, herbs and spices, is extremely important. I try not to forget stress management and healthy exercise either.

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