Eating a Balanced Diet May Be As Effective As Cutting Calories
Cutting calories is a known way to help you live healthier and longer. It reduces your overall fat intake and ensures a slimmer, trimmer body. You not only look great when you watch your caloric intake, but you can feel great as well.
But this kind of diet plan, where you have to reduce what you eat and be careful how much you take in, can make you miserable. You may feel like you are always hungry and never quite satisfied. It doesn’t have to be that way though.
How a Balance Compares to Restricting Carbs
A new study, conducted by the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney shows that balancing protein and carbohydrate intake was actually just as effective at maintaining a healthy body and a great-looking figure as cutting back on and carefully watching caloric intake. The study was conducted on mice over a period of eight weeks, and they exhibited similar effects with both kinds of diets.
This shatters the conception that the only way to lose weight is to cut back on what you eat. While nutritionists have long known this to be true, the general public generally believes that cutting back the amount of food they eat is the best way to lose weight and maintain a healthy body.
But that is simply not true, as it is now evident that simply controlling the balance between carbs and protein can make just as much difference. What this means is that portion sizes do not need to be miniscule to help reduce weight or to regulate a diet. Instead, people can eat more of what they like while staying healthy.
The study that was conducted included three different diets for three groups of mice. The results showed that the healthiest and fittest mice were those that were placed on a diet with lots of carbohydrates and low protein portions.
The comparison is even more shocking when you look at the numbers. The study showed that a diet that was low in protein and high in carbohydrates gave the same result as a diet that had a 40% caloric reduction. There is no one out there who can take on a reduction of 40% of their calories and still be healthy, which means that it is actually more effective and healthier for them to control the balance between carbs and proteins.
Making It Work
Now the theory may sound easy, but the practice is not. You still have to watch what you eat and how much of it you eat. You have to be watching both your carbohydrates and your protein intake. That’s more to keep up with than just your calorie count, but the end result can be much better.
The fact is that many diets that people force on themselves are not healthy. They don’t eat enough food or they don’t eat enough of the right foods. This harms their body more than helps it, and this new research can help to reverse this trend.
At first, it will take some work to make sure you are eating the right balance of carbs and proteins. On top of that, everybody’s body is different, so you will likely need to consult a nutritionist or doctor or do some research yourself. You need to determine what the appropriate levels of protein and carbohydrates are for your body type and age. Then you have to consistently keep up with it.
But in the end, you will be much healthier and happier than if you just cut calories wherever you could. You will not only lose fat faster, but you will be better for it. You may not be losing as much weight as if you just cut back on your calories, but you will be losing unhealthy weight and gaining muscle and healthy mass. Keep in mind that the goal of dieting should not be about losing as much weight as possible but about achieving a healthy body type and reducing fat. Losing weight is not the same as reducing fat, and this kind of high-carb, low-protein diet helps you achieve that healthier result.