Summer beach season is already here, but don’t let your fat and weight loss goals fall by the wayside just because you’ve missed the sunshine deadline. We all know the only sure way to lose weight: move more and eat less, but who doesn’t want an inside tip into maximizing their weight loss potential?
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a recent study done at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine concluded that mice who ate high-fat diets didn’t gain weight compared to those on normal diets. If you are thinking that’s good news, think again. Researchers concluded that the lack of increasing mouse waist lines wasn’t a good thing. According to the researcher’s conclusion, the mice didn’t gain weight because the high salt content of the food they ate wrecked their digestive system. Therefore the mice couldn’t get fat, because they couldn’t digest fat. Before you consider that a last ditch effort to peel off pounds, remember that diets high in salt can lead to high blood pressure, a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease.
Still, a high-fat diet for weight loss isn’t as outlandish as it may sound. You may know this diet by a few other names: Atkins, Ketogenic, or Paleo. With these so-called fad diets, it comes down to macro nutrient manipulation. In a recent article Huffington Post UK noted that macro nutrient manipulation can increase weight loss, particularly when tied to daily activity.
“You should also cycle your macro-nutrients according to the energy expenditure of a given day. For example, training days should typically represent a higher intake of carbs in relation to fat, whilst rest days would be better suited to a higher intake of fat as opposed to carbohydrate.”
Shape magazine elaborates on macro nutrient manipulation. The human body pulls energy more readily from carbs than from fat. The difference isn’t noticeable if you are chained to a desk for eight hours a day, but if you need a burst of speed, a high-fat diet could leave you in the dust. However, there are added benefits to a higher-fat diet, provided they are from good fats. Healthy fats don’t spike blood sugar as they are digested just as simple carbohydrates do. That could spell the end of sugar highs and mid-afternoon crashes.
But, that doesn’t give anyone free license to chow down on burgers and hot dogs at the next summer barbecue. Remember, a high-fat, low-carb diet works best if salt intake is kept within guidelines. So fill your plate with grilled veggies and leans meats, but hold the bun and the high sodium potato chips.
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