Time to talk turkey
Low carb, high protein, low fat, low calorie which way is the best way?
There isn’t one answer for everyone. A diet plan will generally work for 25% of the population at any given time. You will have to discover the best plan for your body type.
Why do I say “discover,” because your body communicates with you. Are you rushing through life, not listening to your body? Slow down, this isn’t a race, take time to experiment with balancing protein, carbs, fat and even calories. Notice how you feel, how stable is your weight? If you are experiencing a consistent weight loss and you have energy then the balance is right for you. This is why I strongly recommend using a food journal. It will be your blueprint for success. If you haven’t done so, begin to use the food journal provided and note your weight and how you feel. Months from now you will be able to look back and determine your recipe for success!
Still not sure where to begin? A simple ratio to lose weight and burn fat that I use is 2:1 eat 2 grams of protein for 1 gram of carbohydrate and you should lose weight. For example, a slice of bread is 15 grams of carbs, then have 28 grams of protein (4 ounces). This has been researched and written about by Stephen Cherniske, MS in the book “The Metabolic Plan.” The book is based on how to create a naturally thin metabolism.
This will not be true for everyone, which is why I want you to use a food journal. Some of you will be able to eat 1 gram of protein to 1 gram of carb and lose weight. And some of you lucky people will be able to eat more carbs than protein and lose weight. But most of you with a “stubborn” metabolism will do best following 2 grams of protein per 1 gram of carb.
I have seen this work for many of my clients. I don’t recommend counting carbs from vegetables, only starchy carbs (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, sweets, corn, peas) and high fructose carbs (fruit and juices).
Thanksgiving offers opportunities to balance protein and carbs due to the traditional meal. Choose your carbs wisely. Fruit, stuffing, bread, potatoes and desserts are all considered carbs. Moderation is the key my friend.
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