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5 Unfair Advantages of Low Carb Eating, Backed by Research

Has conventional dietary advice left you frustrated and defeated because it didn’t work?

You’ve tried them all: low fat, low calorie, calories in-calories out, eat less-move more, “healthy eating”.

You lose weight, yes.

But then you get hangry, physically weak, and craving food.

So you’re back to your old ways ending up where you started, plus a few added pounds along the way.

You tried exercising more. But it just made you hungrier. So you ate more.

And while exercise is good for your health, 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen – not in the gym. Fact is, you can’t outrun a bad diet.

If all these sound too familiar, here’s a counterintuitive but more effective approach. 

Eat fat to lose fat

It’s called a ketogenic way of eating: it’s high in fat, moderate in protein, and very few in carbohydrates.

Your goal is to be in a nutritional state of ketosis, which means you’re burning your body fat (ketones) for fuel to lose weight.

Your current default is that you burn sugar (glucose) as fuel. These are your carbs – sugar and starch.

But if you “starve” your body of glucose by significantly reducing carbs and you replace it with fat, your body switches its fuel source from being a sugar burner to being a fat burner.

You become a fat burner.

Which means you’ll burn your body’s stored fat which results in weight loss. Fat loss.

But it doesn’t stop there.

These randomized controlled studies (gold-standard science) show low-carb eating to have a few unfair advantages.

1. You lose more weight

2-3 times more weight was lost when low carb was compared to: low fatlow caloriehealthy eatingZoneOrnish, and LEARN diets.

The weight loss on low carb was double – up to triple. Instead of losing 10 pounds, you could be losing 20 up to 30 pounds.

It gives you the best weight loss bang for your eating buck. 

2. You’re not hungry

Diets fail because you can’t stay on it.

One of the main reasons you can’t stay on it is because you end up feeling starved.

There’s no willpower strong enough against hunger. Sooner or later you’ll cave in. The later you do, the more you do it with a carby vengeance.

But a ketogenic way of eating kills hunger and improves your mood.

Superhuman willpower is not required.

3. You don’t need to count calories

Counting calories is a pain.

But thanks to its appetite-suppressing effects, you’re naturally eating less simply because you’re not as hungry.

You eat when you’re hungry and you stop eating when you’re satisfied and you’ll lose weight.

How convenient is that?

You’re restricting calories and you’re not even trying – it’s on autopilot. 

4. You lose belly fat

You don’t just want weight loss, you want fat loss.

And when it comes to fat loss, you want to lose the belly fat because it’s the fat associated with heart disease, diabetes – and early death.

These men and women on low carb showed a significant and preferential fat loss in the trunk region than the low fat group.

Like a guided laser, low carb eating uniquely targets the kind of fat loss that helps you avoid chronic disease and live longer. 

5. You become healthier

Does low carb-high fat (LCHF) eating make you nervous about getting a stroke or a heart attack?

Don’t be afraid to eat natural fats.

Contrary to what we’ve all been told, saturated fat is not the enemy.

When a low-fat diet was compared to a LCHF diet, it showed that LCHF was more favorable in terms of improving insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

It also showed that a ketogenic diet increased the good fats and lowered the bad fats better than the low-fat diet did.

A low-carb diet:

  • increases good fats (HDL)
  • lowers bad fats (triglycerides)
  • changes the LDL fat size from small (the bad kind) to big (the good kind)
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers blood sugar
  • improves insulin sensitivity (you become more effective at processing sugar so you require less insulin, which means you burn more fat and store less fat)
  • reduces visceral fat (the dangerous deep belly fat associated with chronic diseases)
  • it’s safe, no serious negative effects were reported

It isn’t a trendy fad, unhealthy, or a dangerous way of eating after all.


Fat is not bad for you, it’s good for you

The real culprit?

Added sugars, refined and processed carbohydrates.

  • Avoid sweets, all grains, beans, potatoes, milk, fruits (except for small portions of berries).
  • Eat all kinds of leafy greens, low-carb vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, cheese.
  • Eat natural fats: olive oil, coconut oil, real butter, animal fats, heavy cream, sour cream, avocados, nuts, seeds.

So why not give low carb-high fat a try?

Imagine how these unfair advantages can help you lose weight, keep it off, and be more healthy this time around.

 

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