|Calorie Intake - You Can't Change The Laws Of Thermodynamics
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Calorie Intake - You Can't Change The Laws Of Thermodynamics
by Dr. Robert Osgoodby
If You Want To Lose Weight, Don't Worry About Fats And Carbs, Cut Down On Calorie Intake.
Some experts argue that carbohydrate and fat content matter far more than calories – I disagree. Weight loss isn't brain surgery. It boils down to a very simple science. To lose one pound, you must eliminate 3,500 calories either through diet or exercise. If your body needs 2,000 calories a day to maintain your present weight, you would need to create a 500 calorie deficit each day to lose one pound a week. From purely a weight loss standpoint, it doesn't matter if calories come from protein, fat, sugar, or carbohydrates. A calorie is a calorie in terms of weight loss.
The truth is, if you're counting carbs, you are still counting calories. Foods high in carbs such as french fries, cake and cookies are loaded with calories, so eliminating these foods will help you lose weight. If you go on a diet where you eat 1,500 calories a day, it doesn't matter if 10% of your diet consists of carbohydrates, or if 40% of your diet consists of carbohydrates – your weight loss will be the same. Even the low-carb Atkins diet in reality is a low-calorie diet.
If your only goal is weight loss, it doesn't matter if you consume fat calories, protein calories, or carbohydrate calories as long as you are in caloric deficit. Although I don't recommend it, you can lose weight eating 1,500 calories of butter a day. However if you're overeating, you will gain more weight on a diet high in fats than on a diet high in carbohydrates because it takes more energy for your body to convert carbohydrates to body fat than it takes to convert fat to body fat.
Are some fats better than other fats? Yes. Not all fat is created equal. Your body needs healthy fats such as monosaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats which contain essential omega fatty acids. Saturated fat found in butter and beef is considered unhealthy in excess, but your body still needs some of it for normal cellular function. The fat to avoid is trans fat, also called hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat, shortening or oil. Trans fats have been linked to cancer and heart disease.
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