Well you might think, eating less carbs and adding fat is a suicide mission and that people making claims of increasing fat to lose weight are just not realizing what they are actually eating.
But just for one moment, stop focusing on calories and start thinking about the affects of carbohydrates on the body after they are consumed. Let me help you, you will see that eating carbohydrates triggers a domino effect on appetite, energy levels, health and weight.
The Domino Effect: Eating Carbohydrates Does More Than Just Provide Calories
Aside from vegetables and low carbohydrate/low glycemic fruits (avocado, olives, grapefruit, apple, pear, plum, peach), eating a low fat high carbohydrate diet (55-60% carbohydrates) may result in increased appetite, stubborn fat that won’t come off, less energy and undesirable health issues.
One hundred percent of high carbohydrate foods (yogurt, banana,
bread, cereal, rice, potato) raise blood sugar ► Blood sugar goes
up ► The pancreas releases insulin to lower blood sugar ► Eating
more carbohydrates means more insulin produced.
Insulin is a fat storing hormone, it is difficult to lose weight when insulin levels are high
Insulin lowers blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar makes you feel hungry
High insulin levels affect other hormones that may support weight loss and appetite
After eating carbohydrates you get a quick burst of energy, insulin is released blood sugar drops and energy levels fall too.
85% of excess carbohydrate converts to triglycerides
Research associates insulin with poor health including:
Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, PCOS, cancer, metabolic syndrome
I’m not saying that this happens to everyone.
Different foods affect different people in different ways. This is why one way of eating will not work for everyone. For example, have you ever eaten something and it did not agree with you? The person next to you eats the same thing without a problem.
There are many people who eat more carbohydrates and are not affected by cravings, increased weight or any health issues. But, for people who are affected by eating high carbs, eating less carbs while maintaining adequate calories (adding fat and protein) can help them gain back control of their appetite, weight and health.
So for the people who “really feel upping the fats has been the biggest help” for weight loss as long as the carbohydrates are reduced, they may have something important to share with others who are fighting the same uphill battle.