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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Will Lowering Calories Help Fat Loss?

Fat loss or weight loss is a huge industry in today's world. You see all different types of diets, equipment and gimmicks that will claim losing weight in days without doing anything. Well, the truth is, none of them work. You have to eat right and exercise in order to lose weight. However, there are lots of confusions in the weight loss world.

There is one category of people who simply say, a calorie is a calorie and calories-in minus calories-out will calculate your weight loss. Then there is this other category of people who say that you need to be more specific. Lowering your calories would mean that your entire diet may comprise of sugar and nothing else, but as long as you are taking-in less calories than you require, you can lose weight. Well, it is true. You will lose weight (not necessarily FAT, but weight, probably), but is that really healthy? I know, this is not practical but you get the idea. Lowering your calories is not a very controlled method. The type of food matters a lot along with the calories.

We know three different types of macronutrients - Carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Now all of them have different pros and cons, so you can't expect to lower whichever you want and lose fat. For example, simple carbohydrates (sugars) are the types of calories that our body loves, but the side effects that it brings are not great if you want to lose fat. There is a spike in your insulin level, which basically (at the end of the day) stores quite a few of these calories as fats for future us. However, if you eat the same amount of calories as proteins, then the following things happen:

- Increased thermal effect of the body as it is harder to breakdown proteins and more calories are used to break it down.

- No significant difference in insulin levels

These are just two benefits that are related to fat loss, but there are a lot of other benefits as well. The only drawback is too much protein over works your kidneys. So you need to drink a lot of water. Similarly if we look at fats, we get two different types of fats (saturated and unsaturated) but the same amount of calories. In both cases, 1 gram is equal to 9 calories and 100 grams would be equal to 900 grams but both have different properties. One helps you lose weight and other makes you gain fat so they are not entirely the same.

It is a tough job deciding what kind of foods will help you lose weight and what foods should be completely off limits. If you want to learn how to eat and what you, visit Fatless Formula

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