A few years ago I lost a lot of weight on a low fat, low carb, high protein diet. I actually ate mostly low fat "white" meat (chicken, turkey, egg whites). And I never counted calories and ate a heck of alot --I was def eating more then weight loss level calories. However that type of diet stopped working, why? Does our bodies adjust to any and all diets?
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on July 12, 2013
at 04:01 PM
This is actually pretty simple science. Protein is the second most easily converted macro into Glucose through a process of glucogenesis. Take a look at the Krebs Cycle to get a bit more info here, but essentially if your body can't use the amino acids broken down from the proteins you eat as building blocks for your body then they are just turned into glucose which cause an insulin response and then get stored as fat to detoxify your body from serum glucose which is extremely toxic if left in your bloodstream. If you want to make a change then focus on limiting your protein and upping your fat using a good source of fat like grass fed butter or fatty fish. The Omega 3 will reduce inflammation, keep you full and make you feel great. Also, if you don't want to limit your overall protein every day, consider protein fasting once or twice a week where you are really bringing your protein levels down drastically, and then feel free to focus on just keeping normal paleo eating habits the rest of the week.
on May 11, 2013
at 03:21 AM
You need fat to lose fat! Try eating WHOLE EGGS, using coconut oil, eating grass-fed red meats and eating wild fatty fish.
on July 12, 2013
at 02:17 PM
To answer Axial...The system isn't letting me comment so I'm putting the answer here.
Almost every diet works short terms, either by calorie restriction and/or eliminating processed foods to some extent. If I switched from McDonald's Big Mac, fries and soda every day to skinless chicken breast and lowfat salad, I'd see an improvement. I'd probably see an improvement with a twinkie for lunch instead of a 1500 processed fast food carb bomb.
What happens is that after a while, your body will reach a point where it plateaus. That's when eating a balanced (paleo, not what the public says) diet to get your metabolism, nutrients, energy supply, etc back to where nature intended. I have noticed that the more fat I take in, the better my waistline gets. Please note, I didn't say weight, which has plateaued, by I'm not dropping belt sizes, and I think that's more important.