When Trying To Lose Weight, Should You Cut Calories Or Carbs?

There are many absurd myths in nutrition.

The”calorie myth” is one of the most pervasive and most damaging. It is the notion that all calories are created equal and the formula to lose weight is as simple as calories in, calories out and that the source of calories doesn’t count.

But is it this mistaken faith that is hindering our weight loss goals? Here’s sorting healthy cating fact from fiction.
Cutting calories is essential to losing weight – it”s a no-brainer that you need to cat smaller, more frequent portions when trying to lose weight, but if weight losss boiled down to simple arithmetic of calories in, calories out, a low-fat diet wouls be the answer to all your worries.

In comparison to carbs or protein, fat contains approximately twice the number of calories, gram for gram. But a low-fat diet is pretty much a failure when it comes to sustained weight loss. The huge success of paleo and Mediterranean diets, which are relatively dense in fat, indicate weight loss cannot be pinned to straightforward arithmetic.

Two apples, a bite of chocolate, a bunch of broccoli and a trench of pizza can all have the same 200 calories – now which one sounds like a complete, eholesome, filling meal to you? Clearly, the quantity and the quality of calories BOTH matter when it comes to weight loss.

Bottom-line: Different foods have different effects on satiety so opt for the food which gives better bang for your buck.

Also Watch: This Is What 300 Calories Look Like, Think Twice Before You Eat!

You Aren’t a Living Math Formula – Low- Calories Doesn’t Matter, Nutrition Content Counts

Start with veggies, protein and then eat the cards- this is because the fibre in the vegetables stay in your stomach for longer and protein sends satiety signals to the brain.

3500 Calories one way or the other results in a pound of weight loss or gain. So by that logic, if You regulary consume ‘zero-calorie’ or ‘calorie-free’ foods like diet sodas, they shouls be the slimmest? But thes are exactly the type of people who are more likely to gain weight over time.

Kanchan Patwardhan, NutritionistArtificial sweeteners, though negligible in calories, can be up to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. This drives all sorts of high-carb, high-fat, highly processed foods’ craving and you end up gaining a lot of weight.

Myth: All Carbs Are Unhealthy

Carbs have been the bad guys for the last couple of decades. Watermelon, pineapple, banana, cold drinks, rasgulla, gulab jamun all have very different kinds of carbohydrates, but they are often clubbed together as ‘evil’

This confusion stems from the fact most carbohydrates can spike your blood sugar levels. Each time you eat them, your blood sugar levels ries and subsequently fall, and it is a well-known fact that constant elevation of blood sugar levels cn lead to weight gain. Ehile this a truth, its impact on your waistline is blown out of proportion, according to nutritionists.

Kanchan Patwardhan, Nutritionist If you have to pick between a restricted, low- calorie diet and a low-carb one, then low-carb is superior. Be wise, don’t give up chapaties, rice and fruits which are all healthy sources of carbohydrates for instant results. Quick weight loss is never a long-term soloution, for that you will have to modify your lifestyle entirey.

There Are Good, Bad and Bogus Carbs

Carbs have a stinky reputation in the weight loss universe but the ones which induce cravings are the highly refined, low in nutritional content kind – Think colas, candies, cookies and chips.
Purva Duggal, Nutritionist Never cut carbs cold turkey. Definitely clamp down on cheesy pastas, pizza or any processed carbohydrate if you want to lose weight but don’t just banish the chapatti you have for lunch – that gived you energy. Replace atta roti with multi-grain. Have rosted makhana with chai instead of biscuits, make fresh bhel at home and don’t touch the packaged aloo bujhiya.

Size, When it comes to food portions, really does matter.

The trick, experts say, is to focus on the type of carbohybrates and then eat only till you’re satisfied and not hungry anymore. If you don’t stuff Yourself, then you automatically eat fewer calories.

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