Jun 27 2011

Lowering Carbohydrate Intake Reduces Body Fat. Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and let’s get right to the new research. Yes, the Best Diet in the Universe (BDITU)*** is on target. A new study by lead scientist Dr. Barbara Gower*, Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society held in Boston, documents that cutting down on the intake of carbohydrates (i.e. starches, pasta, bread, sugar, etc.) will reduce the amount of “deep belly fat.” And, these reductions in deep fat may come with even little to no weight loss. How do you like that! As you have read here in my blog, the Best Diet in the Universe*** is exactly what the doctor ordered. The BDITU reduces the load of carbohydrate and introduces the body to a healthy stream of fruits, poly and monounsaturated fats, vegetable proteins and low fat dairy. According to Dr. Gower and her team, the loss of the deeper fat occurred mostly in non African Americans.

The low carbohydrate diet used by Dr. Gower and her associates consisted of the following breakdown of calories:

  1. 43 percent from carbohydrates
  2. 39 percent from fat
  3. 18 percent from protein

Using the above method, dieters on the restricted carb diet had 11 percent less deep fat than the subjects on the “standard” low fat diet. In addition, most dieters on the carb restricted plan had a 4 percent greater loss of total body fat.

Bottom line: my opinion: the lower intake of carbohydrates definitely promotes a burning of fat. Now this research confirms prior theories (Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, etc.) that by cutting carbs, there is a loss of the deeper fat as well. And the loss of body fat can come without a loss of total body weight. This suggests that the restricted carb diet will allow loss of body fat and not lean body tissue (i.e. muscles). Dr. Gower**, in a prior study demonstrated that cutting the carbs lowered insulin levels and stabilized blood sugar after a meal and increased the sensation of satiety. And more studies are revealing that it is not necessary to completely eliminate the carbohydrates from your diet for health and weight loss.  Some of the latest studies point to increasing the carbohydrate content of the breakfast with a reduction in the carb content for lunch and dinner.

My friends, reduce the carbs in your diet now. Eat healthier carbs including whole grains and fresh fruits. Cut down on the added sugars in the diet. Reduce the saturated fats (e.g. red meat, cheese, etc.) and add more poly and mono unsaturated fats (veggies, fish, nuts). Switch to low fat (or zero fat) dairy. Make fruits and vegetables at least half of your diet plan.

Stay fit and healthy The Nerdel Way. 

Links:

  1. *The Endocrine Society (2011, June 24). Cut down on ‘carbs’ to reduce body fat, study authors say. ScienceDaily.
  2. **The Endocrine Society (2009, June 12). Moderately Reduced Carbohydrate Diet Keeps People Feeling Full Longer. ScienceDaily
  3. ***Best Diet in the Universe:  www.nerdel.com/blog
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