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    I don't understand why you should focus on macronutrients

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    Why would low carbing help with fat-loss? As long as you get some fat, carbs and protein I'd say you just focus on calories in and out to either lose, maintain or gain weight. And just make sure you eat real food.

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    Do your research next time. Perhaps start with actually reading the primal blueprint, and then move on to a film like Fat Head - which is very accessible.

    Oh yes - and Gary Taubes' 'Good Calories Bad Calories' will also nix that calories in/calories out thing you've got going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosejuggler View Post
    Do your research next time. Perhaps start with actually reading the primal blueprint, and then move on to a film like Fat Head - which is very accessible.

    Oh yes - and Gary Taubes' 'Good Calories Bad Calories' will also nix that calories in/calories out thing you've got going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Therealdeal View Post
    Why would low carbing help with fat-loss? As long as you get some fat, carbs and protein I'd say you just focus on calories in and out to either lose, maintain or gain weight. And just make sure you eat real food.
    While low-carb diets don't change the fundamental laws of thermodynamics,

    1. Many people find carbohydrates are extremely un-satiating on a per-calorie basis
    2. When dealing with things that are sweet/sugary, there is an addictive quality that can trigger binges/overeating in some individuals.
    3. For people with insulin resistance, blood sugar spikes produced by excessive carbohydrate consumption are harmful. Excess blood sugar isn't great for people who are insulin-sensitive either, but the tolerance for carbohydrate intake is significantly higher in that instance.
    4. Excessive carb intake with a sedentary lifestyle *will* lead to fat storage. It's a simple matter of excess carbohydrate having nowhere else to go if one consumes it in large quantities and muscle/liver glycogen is full.

    I'm not a huge proponent of low-carb personally, but it's definitely a practice that has significant benefits for certain people. For a sedentary, overweight individual, a lower-carb diet makes a lot of sense. For an athlete who is training hard and burning through a lot of glycogen, carb requirements for optimal performance will be higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosejuggler View Post
    Do your research next time. Perhaps start with actually reading the primal blueprint, and then move on to a film like Fat Head - which is very accessible.

    Oh yes - and Gary Taubes' 'Good Calories Bad Calories' will also nix that calories in/calories out thing you've got going on.
    Fat-head is basically low-carbs "Forks over Knives". I wouldn't recommend either.
    Neither Fathead or Good Calories Bad Calories disprove calories in/calories out.

    TS I generally agree, but there's different satiating levels to different foods. Playing around with macros can have different effects on satiety and mood/energy. But generally it's hard to go wrong with sticking whole foods and having some food variation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
    Fat-head is basically low-carbs "Forks over Knives". I wouldn't recommend either.
    Neither Fathead or Good Calories Bad Calories disprove calories in/calories out.
    Fat head is kinda funny, but no I don't recommend it as particularly educational. Good Calories Bad Calories is a good book. Highly recommended. Nobody is trying to "disprove" calories in/calories out. Just pointing out that it is a fairly useless or at the very least incomplete model for weight loss. Hormone signals based on what kind of calories are consumed is what counts.

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    The way I see it, it's not a question of whether creating a caloric deficit will help you lose weight. The problem is our inability to calculate the way different eating habits changes our "calories out" side of the equation. Caloric expenditure is largely dependent on the type/quality of the calories in. So figuring out "caloric expenditure" by adding bad estimations from the treadmill readout to your inaccurately calculated BMR is less than worthless. Your body has some very advanced systems (HPA axis, thyroid, etc...) that adjust the expenditure of energy based on many factors, including what you eat.

    So stating that low-carb and/or paleo/primal (not to conflate the two and open an additional worm can) denies that caloric surpluses and deficits will result in weight gains or losses, respectively, is in essence, the hanging of a strawman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosejuggler View Post
    Do your research next time. Perhaps start with actually reading the primal blueprint, and then move on to a film like Fat Head - which is very accessible.
    All over the world, you will find people who are lean and healthy eating quite a high percentage of carbohydrate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
    All over the world, you will find people who are lean and healthy eating quite a high percentage of carbohydrate.
    But as pointed out in GCBC, you can also find examples of people eating very low calorie diets with high percentages of the wrong carbohydrates that are obese. (Pima Indians)

    I'm not saying that carbs are the be-all-end-all when it comes to fat storage, but insulin is at the root of it, and carbohydrates drive insulin. There is no violation of the laws of thermodynamics. Every calorie you consume is either burned, stored or excreted. Which one of these happens is primarily dependent on hormone activity.

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    @OP you don't need to focus on it. Cut out processed foods (including wheat products) and start eating real food your carb level goes way down even while eating a tonne of veggies. As others have said once you do this you will feel more satisfied, have fewer cravings and less likely to snack (once you have learned to listen to your body).
    EAT REAL FOOD!
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