If you, or someone you know, is trying to lose some weight, there’s one thing in particular that will give you better results than any other tweak.
Limit your carbohydrates.
It’s not that carbs are any worse for you than protein or fat. They’re really not, despite the oft-heard advice to “ditch the carbs”.
Carbohydrates are actually good for you. They help keep the hormones performing at the most optimal rate. They’re a great source of energy that can help you power through your most arduous daily tasks.
The problem with carbs, and where all the misunderstanding originates from, is that carbs do stimulate appetite more than fats or proteins – and this causes many people to simply eat too many calories and thus, get fat. It’s an important distinction to understand.
Carbs don’t make you fat but carbs do make you hungry. Gaining or losing weight has nothing to do with your metabolism or the fact abstaining from carbs or fats.
It’s all about total calories. Don’t eat too much and you’ll lose weight – and most of that from body fat. Eat the amount of energy your body burns ever day and you’ll maintain your current weight.
Making the Carbohydrate Change
If you’re looking to drop some pounds, start setting a daily goal for how many carbs you allow yourself. You’ll likely be surprised at the effect this has on your eating habits – helping you to establish rules for when you eat your favorite treats.
A good rule of thumb is to allow one carbohydrate per pound of body weight. Fill the rest of your day up with protein and fat.
A 200 pound man using this formula can eat 200 carbs, or 800 calories from carbohydrate, per day. Eat those carbs at any time you prefer, morning, noon or night, and see what works best for you.
Keeping in mind that carbs often create the desire to eat more food, you might consider waiting until later in the day to start eating this sugary fuel. The good news is that anything goes when it’s time to eat. If you enjoy fruit, cold cereal, cake or ice-cream – it doesn’t matter so long as you simply look at the box and add those carbs up. However, try to always eat a source of protein with your carbs or you’ll likely find yourself voraciously hungry again in another hour or two – and tempted to go over your daily allotment of carbohydrates.
This simple change is one of the most effective tools around in losing weight. You’ll greatly reduce the number of overall calories in your diet and you’ll watch the fat melt away.