July 1, 2012
If you’ve been reading up on your nutrition information and various approaches to fat loss diets, one thing that you might have realized is that generally speaking, the diet world falls into two different ‘camps’ of people.
You have the ‘low fat’ crowd. These are the people that believe that eating too much dietary fat will only harm your health and you’re better off to avoid it.
Then you have the ‘low carb’ crowd who believe the exact opposite. If you want to see successful fat loss results, low carb should be the name of your game.
So who’s right? Which ‘camp’ of followers has a better chance of reaching weight loss success?
Let’s look at a few points to consider.
One of the primary reasons why low fat believers state that this is the superior method to lose body fat is because fat rich foods are so calorie dense.
Since losing body fat really does come down taking in fewer calories than you burn off, by cutting out the high calorie foods from your diet, progress should move along more quickly.
But is this really the case? This would seem to make sense, but what you should also note is that there are many high calorie, fat free foods out there.
Take bagels for instance. The average bagel will easily provide you with 300 calories or more and likely won’t leave you feeling all that satisfied either.
Or, take candy. Again, it’s completely fat free but is it healthy and will it help satisfy your hunger? Certainly not.
So take note that the low calorie element of a low fat diet isn’t quite what it seems.
The second camp of people are the low carbers. These people believe that a higher carb diet will only cause intense hunger levels to develop that will make it almost impossible for you to maintain dietary control.
They claim that a low carb, high fat diet keeps hunger and energy levels even all day long so you can easily see the success that you’re after.
Again, there is a great deal of truth to this. It’s true that high carb foods do spike blood glucose levels and will increase the hunger level you experience on a day to day basis.
High fat foods that contain moderate amounts of protein do not.
But, on the flip side, feast on too much high fat food and your calorie intake will not be where it needs to be for fat loss to occur.
So what are you to do?
Ideally, you want the best of both worlds. Most people never stop to consider the fact that there can be a middle ground.
You don’t have to be going strictly high fat or strictly low fat. You can go midway between each and do a moderate fat, moderate carb diet.
Choose primarily vegetable and fruit based carbs which will fill you up without spiking your blood sugar levels and then add in fat in small amounts to keep hunger in check without increasing your calorie intake too high.
Do this and that’s when you’ll really have found the perfect diet combination that yields optimal results.