Does a Low Fat, Low Carb Diet Work?
Maybe. It depends. Not really.
In theory, it works. In reality, not usually.
Many of us don’t know how many calories we burn each day during our normal routine. To find out approximately how many calories you burn, please visit Map My Walk. This information will give you an estimate of how many calories you should be eating to gain, maintain or lose weight.
Very often we underestimate the calories in our food and drinks.
Yes, drinks have calories.
We don’t count the calories in salad dressings, snacks, oils used for cooking, butter on the bread, and so on.
For this exercise, let’s assume that you consume 2,000 calories a day and burn 2,000 calories a day. You should maintain weight. If you burn more than 2,000 calories but eat 2,000 calories, you should lose weight. How many calories in a pound of fat? The best answer is 3,500. So, in theory, you must burn an extra 3,500 calories for each pound you want to lose.
The fact is, when you change one thing, other things change too. How we absorb nutrients from our food and how we use them or store them depends on so many things like quality of sleep, amount and type of exercise, hormones, stress, etc.
Life just doesn’t follow a strict plan.
The kinds of calories you eat really matters.
An average of 30% of our calories should come from fats, 30% from proteins and 40% from carbohydrates to maintain weight. An average of 20% of our calories should come from fats, 40% from proteins, and 40% from carbohydrates to lose weight. Less than 10% of our fats should be from unsaturated fats except for omega-3 fish oils. Keep in mind, each gram of fat is 9 calories, each gram of protein is 4 calories and each gram of carbohydrates is 4 calories.
Fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are all necessary for the body to function properly. Cutting out or severely limiting one group is not healthy. The best way to lose weight is to make sure that all the calories you eat are nutritionally dense. The best way to see what percentage of protein, carbohydrates, and fats you’re eating (and drinking) is to use a Food Journal. Get an overview of a whole week to see what is right and what needs improvement.
Good Luck! And let me know how you’re doing.