We have 8 cats. Each gets a different ration amount, measured each mealtime. The largest cat and the smallest cat get the same amount, which is less than 1 fluid ounce twice a day. Of the two that are hyperthyroid, one gets 1/3 of a cup twice a day and is plump, while the other gets half a cup twice a day and is thin, even though they are both on medication for their thyroid issues. The others get about 1/4 cup twice a day. They all get about the same exercise.
Feeding time is a challenge.
Gaining or losing weight is all about energy balance. Consuming more energy than your body needs results in weight gain and doing the opposite results in weight loss. After reading all your posts I came to the conclusion that there are a few different reason why most people lose weight faster on low carbs diets:
1) People on low carb diets end up eating less, maybe without even realizing it. This is becasue once you stop eating carbs, you blood sugar isn't constantly rises and falling, causing hunger. (CI changes)
2) Low carb diets can fix hormonal problems thereby speeding up your metabolism and allowing weight loss to occur. (CO changes)
3) Low carb diets allow you to have more stable energy levels. Without your blood sugar constantly rising and falling throughout the day, some people on low carb diets are able to exercise morre, fidget more, cook more, shop more, play with your kids more, ect. It is nearly impossible to measure how much activity you are doing on a day to day bases. Sure you can measure how many calories you burned on a treadmill but how do you take into account all the others ways that you burn calories throughout the day? You may think that your level of activity stayed constant when trying out different diets but likely it has not. Finally being able to lose weight on a low carb diet, when you plateued on other diets, may be do to the fact that you move more on a low carb diet. You do this without even realizing it. (CO changes)
4) Maybe the processing (digestion, extracting) of protein and fats takes more energy than the processing of a typical carb filled diet. I honestly don't think this has much of an impact though. (CO changes)
The bottom line is, CICO is the only thing that matters with reguard to weight loss, maintenance, or weight gain.
Last edited by Katie14; 07-25-2013 at 08:52 AM.
Yep, and as macros (and food sensitivities) impact your ability to fill good on less, one needs to find the macro-food concept-match that optimizes hunger level and well-being.
Honestly, whatever works best for you will have a Diet Guru that will preach that it's the bestest based on some mumbo-jumbo science.
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