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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Low Carb Diet - When More Is Better

A good low carb diet can actually have you eating
more food than you're eating right now.

Think about it, when most people want to lose weight
what's the first thing they do? They tend to stop
eating or cut way back on their food intake.

Well my friends I'm here to tell you that it doesn't
have to be that way.

A healthy diet should consist of eating less of the
foods that contain calories from simple carbohydrates
(sugar and processed flour) and more whole grains,
fresh fruits and vegetables and good sources of
protein. This is the basis of a good low carb diet

In fact, a good diet should have you eating more
instead of less! Not more food, but more often in
smaller portions.

Your body's a truly wonderful machine geared towards
one important goal. Survival. When you cut way back
on your food intake your body feels threatened and
automatically assumes that you're starving.

This built in survival mechanism dates back to the
stone age and is simply nature's way of keeping you
alive for as long as possible. Long enough to get to
your next meal.

To combat this condition the body will start breaking
down muscle tissue to use as energy and saves its fat
stores for the last ditch effort to save itself from
what it thinks is immanent death. Fat is just that, a
storage material.

This is not good because first, by using muscle
tissue for energy you're losing precious lean mass
which is metabolically active. This means that you
need energy to support muscle which helps to keep
your metabolism running at a higher pace. Higher
metabolism means more calories burned even in a
resting state.

Fat, on the other hand, doesn't need any energy to
support it. It's simply "dead" weight.

Secondly, the body will start storing more fat
because it's preparing itself for the worst. Your
survival is your body's most important concern so
it'll do whatever it can to stay alive.

So what can you do if you want to eat less without
starving yourself and sending your body into this
defense mode?

Eat smaller meals more often throughout the day.

This works on two levels.

By eating more often you won't get hungry as quickly
and your metabolism will stay raised because you'll
be digesting food more often. Digesting food uses
calories just like any other physical activity.

So here's a simple low carb diet plan that anyone can
follow. Eat four or five small meals a day, each
consisting of a small portion of protein along with
some fresh fruits and veggies.

Try to eat every three hours or so to keep your
metabolism and energy up. This'll help you stay away
from those snacking binges too.

Also, drink lots of water. Water will help to cleanse
your body and make you feel full.

So you see, with a little planning and by adhering to
a low carb diet plan eating more can actually be


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