How to Loose Weight and Keep it Off…

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Question: I just read a Reader’s Digest article about how to lose weight by going on a low carb diet. I tried the Atkin’s Diet a couple of years ago and lost weight but put it back on and then some. The article said that exercise was not necessary to boost a person’s metabolism. Now I am completely confused since it goes against everything I think I know about exercise and nutrition. What should I do to get this weight off?
Answer: In the article, the author of the book, “Why We Get Fat_and What to Do About It,” Gary Tauber states that we are fat because of carbohydrates and recommends, as did the Atkins Diet, that we restrict or cut out carbs from our daily diets. Instead of carbs we should consume more fats and protein which according to Tauber will stimulate the metabolic rate and make a slug into a fat burning machine without exercise which he says just makes us hungrier.
Elite bodybuilders have been cutting carbs from their diets for 20 years. You can go back 40 years and find where Arnold even said cut out white sugar, white rice, white bread and potatoes to get lean. Replace those with high protein sources like chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and even beef. You could almost eat your body weight in leafy green vegetables as long as you eliminate the butter and cheese. Carbohydrates that are high in fiber and low on the glycemic index are still on the menu. Avoid highly processed foods altogether.
Another habit to eliminate, or make a rare occasion, is to eat at dine-in restaurants or where someone hands you food through a hole in a wall as you drive by. Make that the exception instead of the norm.
This is a diet that is effective for diabetics because it helps to keep blood sugar level instead of spiking. It is a life necessity for those with diabetes.
Finally, you need to cut out the soft drinks, even the diet type, Gatorade, and fruit juices which are full of sugar. Gatorade was developed to have as an electrolyte replacement not a something to wash down your meals.
The whole idea about exercise being counterproductive is nonsense though. We have talked about how people need to be less sedentary and now the “scientific experts” have deemed sitting the new smoking. Moderate, consistent exercise is the fountain of youth and the results are irrefutable.
So, eat healthy, cut out calorie-dense processed foods and excess sugars, drink water and exercise. Make it your lifestyle and then you should see the fat drop off and be able to maintain that condition indefinitely.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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