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How many carbs for weight loss?

Commented on February 27, 2014
Created February 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I was wondering if someone could explain to me why people in the paleo community cut carbs rather than calories to lose weight. I was reading a robb wolf article and in it he says that Taubes is wrong that calories don't matter and he goes into detail about it.

I was wondering why low carb is good for weight loss and how many VLC paleo people count calories. Thanks guys.

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on February 27, 2014
at 11:14 PM

If you're down to BMI of 22 you'd probably get a benefit from VLC for the bodybuilding effects.

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on February 27, 2014
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Gary Taubes is pretty much correct, if your life consists of sitting in a chair all day. [In fact he argues against exercise, presenting a case that running causes weight gain.] However, even a modest amount of activity moots his insulin theory and eliminates carbs as bogeyman.

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on February 27, 2014
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Cutting carbs makes all the sense in the world if you're obese, and on the edge of insulin resistance, if not outright diabetic. If you're not obese there's less incentive to cut carbs. Carbs are easy to digest, and get to the bloodstream quickly, and are useful if you're exercising a lot.

I don't consider Taubes to be paleo, but more an Atkins disciple. The Paleo arguments against carbs come from Cordain who argues that they were't readily available to our paleo ancestors. Especially grains.

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on February 27, 2014
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I am considering VLC to get to a low body fat and very conditioned before the marines but some stuff robb wolf has written, gregg Everett and other paleo figures or people on the podcast who are involved in athletics have put me off.

Robb seems to advocate CKD with something like the Anabolic diet.

Basically low carb 5 days and then carb up on the weekends, obviously with paleo foods.

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on February 27, 2014
at 11:14 PM

If you're down to BMI of 22 you'd probably get a benefit from VLC for the bodybuilding effects.

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on February 27, 2014
at 09:34 PM

Gary Taubes is actually pretty much correct. Cutting calories only accounts for the "calories in" part of the equation and assumes "calories out" will stay the same when in fact, it does not. Cutting carbs makes it virtually impossible for your body to store excess adipose tissue.

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on February 27, 2014
at 11:11 PM

Gary Taubes is pretty much correct, if your life consists of sitting in a chair all day. [In fact he argues against exercise, presenting a case that running causes weight gain.] However, even a modest amount of activity moots his insulin theory and eliminates carbs as bogeyman.

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on February 27, 2014
at 07:36 PM

here's a good Primal Blueprint podcast that's short and sweet on the topic

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on February 27, 2014
at 07:34 PM

low carb diets work because they spontaneoulsy reduce caloric intake due to the relatively low palatability and high protein. high carb diets high in protein can achieve the same thing.

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on February 27, 2014
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low carb diets work because they spontaneoulsy reduce caloric intake due to the relatively low palatability and high protein. high carb diets high in protein can achieve the same thing.

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