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Being overweight and doing the diet where you eat only protein and no carbs is a good idea?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I'm over weight and i want to try the protein diet and no carbs but I dont want to gain weight so what should i do? should i go ahead and try it? and for how long should i do this all protein no carbs diet? thank you so much

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+1. This works well for me.

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on December 07, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I say no! If you want to go "no carb" or "very low carb" you need to do a lot of research about ketosis. If you replace your carbs with protein, your body will turn the excess protein into fat. If you (virtually) eliminate carbs, keep your adequate protein, and make up the difference with fat, THEN you should be able to lose weight.

Good fats for this: coconut oil, EVOO, grass fed butter, fish, etc

  1. Find how much protein you need daily: find your lean body mass (total weight-body fat) and keep your protein between .6-1 of this
  2. Keep your net carbs (carbs-fiber) below 50g (or less if you can)
  3. Fulfill the rest of your caloric needs with good fats

Make sure you get plenty of exercise (cardio AND weights) and this should work well.

...not saying you have to eat like this, but if you WANT to go 0 carb, don't just add a bunch of protein.

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on December 08, 2012
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Some people find no or very low carb can slow down their thyroid and metabolism. So, also consider a balanced and nutritious diet that is lower in carbs, but includes potatoes, sweet potatoes. An example would be Perfect Health Diet: Weight Loss Version.

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on December 08, 2012
at 01:20 PM

+1. This works well for me.

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on December 08, 2012
at 03:52 AM

It can be. It has a lot to do with insulin sensitivity, those who are insulin sensitive tend to lose almost the same on either a low carbohydrate diet or a high carb diet. But the insulin resistant do significantly better on a low carb diet.

I'm having trouble finding these studies as the are very small, but there is a video posted in this question, also read Sataran's answer.

There are some folks who have a hard time with low carb me being one of them, but there's also lots who thrive on it, it's kind of an individual thing. I hope this gives you some insight.

Keep in mind too that dieting(being hypocaloric) for any amount of time does bring short term results but often isn't the best plan long term.

http://www.nutritionj.com/content/10/1/9

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on December 08, 2012
at 12:09 AM

you can still eat carbs and lose weight. focus on lots of greens and veggies and smaller amounts of fruit. i don't think you need to do zero carb. you probably won't feel good on that at all. i tried it an had major headaches and brain fog.

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