A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Associations suggests that eating large amounts of carbohydrates may help people who want to lose weight. The study tested both low and high-carb diets, allowing participants to choose the one they felt most comfortable with. While the majority of participants (nearly 80%) ate no carbohydrates at all, there were some who consumed a small amount of carbohydrates. This small amount of carbs was not adhered to by the subjects for a long enough period of time to show any significant effects on weight loss.
The study didn’t take into account the question of whether the small amount of carbs were necessary or even healthy. Many people have advocated that consuming carbs is important to weight loss. The new study looked only at the metabolic effects of consuming carbs. No discussion of the issue of carb-calorie balance was made.
However, the study published by the British Medical Journal indicates that the low-carbohydrate type of diet may be helpful in certain cases. Specifically, it points out that people with mild forms of ketosis are more likely to benefit from the diet. In other words, they found that those with a higher degree of ketosis had greater success in their weight loss efforts. They defined ketosis as following the recommended metabolic ratio of 0.5 of carbohydrates to 2.0 of proteins in your diet.
Ketosis isn’t the only condition that can benefit from reduced carb intake for weight loss. People who have problems regulating blood sugar levels and hunger are likely to do better if they decrease the amount of carbohydrates that they eat. Diabetics are another group that might do better with this type of diet. However, the condition doesn’t mean that you should completely cut out carbohydrates. There are still plenty of healthy carbs that you can eat.
Keep in mind that many carbs aren’t good for you. These include things like white rice and bread. The refined sugars in these foods can also have a negative effect on your weight loss goals. Instead, opt for unrefined carbs such as whole-grain breads and pasta.
Vegetable intake is also important. Though you shouldn’t completely cut them out of your diet, just make sure that you’re including enough protein and fiber in your meals. Fiber comes from vegetables, as well as fruits and nuts. You may want to replace some of your meals with more vegetables and less meat. Nuts are loaded with good fats, which have been proven to combat fat in your body. By keeping at least some of these foods in your diet, you can have the best possible chance at success with the keto diet.