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I need to go on a diet. Should I go low carb or low fat?
Well, the goal of any diet is to become low fat.
I meant to say, should I give up carbs or fat to lose weight?
Low carb helps you lose weight if you are diabetic, are pre-diabetic or have metabolic
syndrome. Controlling blood sugar via giving up carbs makes weight loss easier.
I don’t have diabetes.
Low fat helps you lose weight if you’re consuming too much junk food and processed
food. If you go low fat, you in essence stop eating a lot of high calorie foods.
The low carb diet is appealing. I get to eat steak and eggs and lose weight.
You won’t lose weight if you switch to high fat foods and eat more calories than you burn.
Then I’ll give up fat.
Technically, then you could eat a bag of marshmallows and still be on your diet. I’ve even seen
marshmallows, pure sugar, labeled low fat in big red letters.
So I’ll give up the white bread so I can lose weight.
White bread is blamed for a lot of modern ills like diabetes. It digests quickly, leaving
us hungry two or so hours later.
I feel that way, too. But it’s embarrassing to ask for a burger without the bun.
Start eating whole grain bread instead of white bread. You’ll reduce the calorie count
and carbohydrates while getting more fiber.
Is that a practical option?
Ask for whole grain bread at Subway instead of white. Use whole grain rolls at dinner
so you don’t change your habits but eat half as many calories for the bread portion.
What are my other options?
You could just add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. You’ll eat fewer calories,
less fat and fewer carbohydrates.
Is that low carb or low fat?
Both, actually, and vegan and paleo, too. And healthy on all counts.