Hogsfan Wrote:(Get the wet noodles out. Here it comes.)
I think Dr. Eades makes a reasonable point in this article that is consistent with what Dr. Atkins wrote about calories.
I also think this article very helpful for some of us who were wounded by "The double wide Russian Bride" and now fear ANY amount of calorie restriction as a one way ticket to health problems and eating disorders.
I've found that limiting carbs and calories are both required for me to lose in the past. Either one without the other has not been effective for me. Calorie restriction without carb restriction results in weight GAIN. Carb restriction without calorie restrictions results in no change.
I don't do noodles. However, I think that if you do eat any amount of carbohydrates, you should be concerned about your fat intake
. Yes, you read that correctly.
It's been proven time and again that carbohydrates and fat are a deadly duo. There's no sense in "upping your fat intake" if you're going to eat carbohydrates. Your hyperinsulnemia will keep you from utilizing that fat for energy as you should. This would explain why you can "decrease your calories" and have some success. Any time you decrease calories, you are necessarily decreasing carbohydrates.
Therefore, if you do increase your fat intake, you have to lower your carbohydrate intake to allow your body to use those fats. This explains the observations that Dr. Eades and the "experts" have taken into account. This also explains why he can turn around and recommend an all-meat diet to fix the issue.
The problem with all of that is I don't believe there is a diet for "weight loss" and a diet for "maintenance." What works for weight loss will work for maintenance. Changing things during maintenance will lead you right back to weight loss.
Blackburn and Bistrian proved this very thing by altering the ratio in their test subjects. A diet of 800 calories of fat and protein will take care of your hunger and allow you to lose a great deal of weight. However, if you take that 800 and add 400 calories of carbohydrates, you will be on a starvation diet (similar to Keys and Benedict's), you'll feel all the effects of food deprivation and your chance of weight loss goes down to 1 in 10.
The only time you don't have to be concerned with calories (read: ratio) is when you are eating fat and protein only.