Lose Weight by Cutting Carbs/ Lose 10 Pounds in a Week

For most people, how many carbohydrates they eat will determine whether they are gaining, maintaining or losing weight. Limiting your carbohydrate intake is probably your best weight loss option. Fifty (50) to one 100 grams per day is a good range for most people who are moderately active to lose weight. There are about 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates so that would put you in the 200 to 400-calorie range. If you are more active then the average person, then go with 100 grams. If you’re less active, try 50 grams. These 50 to 100 grams is a pretty safe range that will keep you losing weight steadily while keeping you out of ketosis . If you go below 50 grams per day you will most likely wind up in ketosis.

A very simple explanation of ketosis is when your glycogen (carbohydrates) stores are very low your body will produce ketones for energy. Ketones are some of the fuel created from the breakdown of fat stores. It is important to note, ketosis is not necessarily a bad thing. People like Dr. Atkins (The Atkins Diet) think it is the ideal way for the body to burn fat. I think it is ok to go into ketosis for short periods of time but it is an aggressive approach to weight loss. Sometimes when I’m fasting, I will let myself slip into a mild ketosis state to burn some extra fat calories….You know the drill when it comes to losing weight – take in fewer calories, burn more calories. But you also know that most diets and quick weight-loss plans have about as much substance as a politician’s campaign pledges. You’re better off finding several simple things you can do on a daily basis..There are two major types of carbohydrates (or carbs) in foods: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates: These are also called simple sugars. Simple sugars are found in refined sugars, like the white sugar you’d find in a sugar bowl. If you have a lollipop, you’re eating simple carbs. But you’ll also find simple sugars in more nutritious foods, such as fruit and milk. It’s better to get your simple sugars from food like fruit and milk.

Why? Because they contain vitamins, fiber, and important nutrients like calcium. A lollipop does not.Complex carbohydrates: These are also called starches. Starches include grain products, such as bread, crackers, pasta, and rice. As with simple sugars, some complex carbohydrate foods are better choices than others. Refined (say: ree-find) grains, such as white flour and white rice, have been processed, which removes nutrients and fiber. But unrefined grains still contain these vitamins and minerals. Unrefined grains also are rich in fiber, which helps your digestive system work well. Fiber helps you feel full, so you are less likely to overeat these foods. That explains why a bowl of oatmeal fills you up better than sugary candy that has the same amount of calories as the oatmeal.

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