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My boyfriend and I are both healthy and trying to drop a couple pounds as well as maintain. But when we go to eat something we're both baffeled by the calorie/carb confusion. His mother encourages a low carb diet, mine encourages a low cal low carb diet. It's difficult to find low cal low carb foods though. So honestly, which is the lesser of the two evils? Should we consume more calories and less carbs, more carbs and less cals, or find a happy medium (which is looking more and more impossible). Help please!
Your body needs carbs to thrive... There is no reason to avoid them like the plague... They fuel your brain and they're the easiest for your body to break down into useable energy...
Try and aim for a balance of 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat... Or something in that general area...
If you burn more calories then you consume then you will lose weight. But it is a good idea to balance your calories between carbs protein and fat to get proper nutrition =]
I am no expert on this or anything but I can speak from my own experience/observations. Basically what I think is if you are looking to lose a significant amount of weight and you want to do it slow and healthy, you should definitley try to stick to lower calorie foods.
On the other hand, my sister lost about 20 lbs. by cutting out most carbs that come from bread/potatoes etc. and not concentrating on calories. In her case, she maintains a low carb diet ALL the time, this is why she has not gained the weight back. This is probably the best way to go if you want to lose a small amount of weight quickly, but be prepared because you will most likely gain it all back if you don't maintain the low carb lifestyle.
What I try to do is watch my calorie intake. But I also try to eat only whole wheat and I try not to overdo it with the carbs. I hated it at first but it's really not that bad, you get used to it after awhile. Anyways, hope this helps and good luck.
It's about a study that worked with 2 groups -- one low carb and one high carb. you might be surprised at the results.
Because the body doesn't store amino acids, as it does fats or carbohydrates, it needs a daily supply of amino acids to make new protein. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/p rotein.html
lysistrata, i'm not sure where your getting your information. the body is unable to store protein as a whole. excess protein is broken down in the body into nitrogen and carbon skeletons. the carbon skeletons get stored as fat.
The pathways exist to store protein as fat, but its not going to happen in 99% of circumstances. Lysistrata is indeed correct.