Losing body fat without losing lean muscle is something we would all like to achieve, and by learning some basics about the body’s chemistry, this can be done without too much difficulty.

The answer to losing body fat is not simply to exercise as we are sometimes advised, but to eat fewer carbohydrates and eat more protein. This actually makes a lot of sense as our muscles are made of protein.

How It Works

  • There are two types of carbohydrates: complex and simple. Simple carbohydrates have no nutritional value and are turned into sugar for energy as soon as they are digested. As these carbohydrates pass through the digestive system very rapidly, they give a quick burst of energy followed by a steep low which can result in cravings for more sugar or simple carbs. This can quickly become a vicious circle.
  • Complex carbohydrates release energy into the bloodstream more slowly. However, any energy not used up from either types of carbohydrates are turned into fat on the body.
  • The fat stored in our bodies is a reserve of energy but if we don’t use this energy up, and instead keep consuming carbohydrates, we will simply store more fat. The key to losing body fat without losing muscle is to use your fat reserve as energy.
  • In order to do this, you will have to stop consuming carbohydrates to kick-start the process of burning your own body fat. This process is called ketosis. Once the process of ketosis has begun and you will successfully be losing body fat.
  • When you have achieved your target shape, you can re-introduce some complex carbohydrates back into your diet. It is possible to retain your new shape while still consuming some complex carbohydrates such as fruit, vegetables, and brown rice. Some food, however, should truly be avoided d if you want to stay in shape; main examples of these killer foods are white bread, white rice, potatoes and all sugars.

Well-known Diets Using This Method

  • The two most popular and well-known diets to use this method are the Atkins and any diet using the low Glycemic Index. If you don’t want to cut out carbohydrates completely as you work toward losing body fat, then checking the Glycemic Index of your food is also a great well of reducing fat forming foods from your diet. It still allows you to burn fat, but if you consume foods with a lower Glycemic Index carbohydrates it will take longer to achieve the shape you desire. If you don’t have a lot of fat to lose this is probably perfect for you.
  • Whether you decide to follow the Atkins method of completely taking carbohydrates out of your diet for a period, or if you choose to look at learning about calculating the Glycemic Index, there are a range of books on the market. Please consult your medical practitioner before starting any diet programme.

Source: helpful.com