Speaking of egregious diet myths (like breakfast being the most important meal of the day), I thought today I’d come out and hit you with some truth on yet another controversial topic. (Well, “controversial” to conventional medicine — as far as I’m concerned, the facts have always been crystal clear…)
A new study shows that low-carb diets burn more calories compared to high-carb diets. And honestly? This “news” is about as surprising as saying the sky is blue…
But somehow, this no-brainer approach to dropping weight still gets a bad rap among mainstream diet “experts,” so I felt it was worth sharing the news for those who have yet to get the memo. Because if nothing else, it perfectly illustrates one of the many reasons why my A-List Diet works where others consistently and predictably fail.
High-carb diets hijack your metabolism
Any dieter knows to look out for the dreaded plateau — or worse, the yo-yo diet. The fact is, most people see their weight loss stall at best — or start creeping back, at worst — within the first year or two after starting a diet and losing weight.
The explanation, of course, is that when your body catches on to your new lifestyle, your metabolism and calorie burning will slow down in order to hold onto the fat stores you have left. It’s a simple fact of biology.
But according to the Framingham State Food study, slashing carbs is one of the best ways around this innate survival mechanism.
This research featured well over 200 overweight adults. Researchers controlled the subjects’ food intake over the course of its 20-week study period. It also followed their weight, insulin secretion, metabolic hormone profile, and total calories burned.
The subjects followed a restricted weight-loss diet for ten weeks, during which 164 of 200 lost 10 to 14 percent of their body weight. Subjects then entered a maintenance phase, where they were randomly assigned a diet that was either high, moderate, or low in carbs for 20 more weeks.
Notably, all of the diets avoided processed carbs and featured only so-called “high quality” (whole grain) carbs only.
But in the end, it didn’t really matter. During this phase, low-carb eaters benefited from significantly higher total calorie intake and burned around 250 calories more per day than high-carb eaters of the same average body weight.
Drop 20 extra pounds without cutting calories
According to lead investigators, this is one of the largest and most detailed studies ever to test the “Carbohydrate-Insulin Model.” This model is essentially just a scientific way of illustrating the sharp rise in obesity triggered in part by the low-fat diet craze — a dangerous eating trend pushed by the mainstream over the last three decades.
Basically, this model proposes that high-carb, fat-free eating has led to a surge in insulin — causing fat cells to store more calories, while increasing hunger and slowing fat metabolism. These are all the dangers of low-fat diets I’ve warned you about.
In fact, this research found that, at the end of the day, the metabolism gap between high-carb and low-carb dieters could ultimately translate into a 20-pound weight loss difference over the course of three years. And that’s without any differences in calorie intake.
The difference in metabolism between low- and high-carb diets was highest among people who started the study with the highest insulin secretion — by about 400 calories per day, in fact. And unsurprisingly, levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin were significantly lower among low-carb dieters, too.
In other words, effective, lasting weight loss isn’t just a matter of calories-in, calories-out. And you can consider this your scientific proof…
I don’t imagine Big Agribusiness will take too kindly to this “news.” (They’re already poised to lose money from all the people who have wisely decided to ditch their bagel and muffin breakfasts.)
But just wait until they get a load of what this Framington team’s currently working on. Namely, a 13-week study of 125 obese adults, which compares a very low-carb diet to a high-carb/low-sugar diet and a high-carb/high-sugar diet to see which approach takes the calorie-burning crown.
Final results won’t be in until 2021. But I have a pretty good hunch as to which approach will come out on top…
In the meantime, if you’re trying to slim down for spring, my A-List Diet is grounded in the latest cutting-edge science, allowing you to tap into the power of amino acid-rich protein boosting.
In the A-List Diet, there’s no counting calories… no complicated point systems… and no bland “diet food.” You can (and should) eat delicious foods, without feeling deprived.
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“Low-carb diets cause people to burn more calories: All calories are not alike, finds largest, longest macronutrient feeding trial to date.” Science Daily, 11/14/2018. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181114120302.htm)