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Low carb, high fat, vegan, keto, vegetarian, etc...what do they all have in common? Proponents of this diet all believe that their way of eating is the superior choice for weight loss. Low carbs advocate that a higher fat diet will lead to a unlimited stream of fat that will just fall off the body. Low fat dieters will claim that dietary fat is the culprit for their muffin tops. Who is right you may ask? Well, both! The premise behind every fat loss plan is to reduce calories to where you are burning more than you are consuming each day. This will ultimately result in a shrinking waist line and smaller jeans.
I am a Certified Nutritionist and have worked with over a hundred obese and overweight clients. When gathering information I aways ask what there favourite foods are. This will provide a deeper understanding on what they crave and what they are most likely to cheat on. This also gives me an understanding on what there diet should be focused on; low carb or low fat. Both work! I want to make that clear. The goal of any diet is to drop calories low enough to where your body eats away at the fat that is on your body. You can accomplish that with any way of eating. What you must look at before starting any diet is how realistic it will be for the long term.
Will you be able to sustain a low carb diet, devoid of pasta and potatoes long term, for the rest of your life? If not, then a low carb diet will not be sustainable and advantageous to your life long weight management goals. Crave foods like peanut butter, avocados and steak? Then a higher fat, lower carb diet may benefit you and probably be a better choice than a low fat way of eating.
So before any diet ask yourself what you cannot live without. From there you can base your diet around those foods. Any food can be eaten on a fat loss plan as long as your calories are reduced. Don't be so restrictive. Choose a diet that you can do long term. With your favourite foods but a lowered caloric intake, your weight loss goals will be achieved in no time!