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27.06.2017

Why counting calories does not work

Counting calories has proved to be a virtually ineffective method for losing weight.

The results achieved in Weight Watchers are poor because they are based on counting calories.

The complicated effect of intestinal microbes has been found to play a decisive role in weight management.

The old and notorious Atkins diet (protein, fat, zero carbohydrates) will certainly make one lose weight, even if calorie intake exceeds consumption.

Food that includes fast carbohydrates raises blood sugar quickly because high blood sugar level is a dangerous condition in the body (e.g. destroys capillaries), and to quickly lower the blood glucose level it is stored in fat tissues with the help of insulin.

The body will burn that fat but reluctantly. Before it does, people feel hungry and want a snack. For this reason, one eats sandwiches etc. many times a day. Bread lovers (not to mention the friends of pastry and candy) are overweight before the age of 50.

The low carbohydrate, high fat, and fibrous meal, however, only lowers blood sugar, which also does not cause hunger when the blood sugar level drops and thus there is no need to eat. This mechanism is explained by Dr. Mercola in his recent bestseller Fat for Fuel.

Low carb diet (largely the same as glycogen) is practically the most functional and healthy.

In addition, it is worthwhile for many reasons to stretch the time between the last evening meal and breakfast for more than 12 hours; optimal would be 15 hours. Because of the complex biochemical processes, this is a great benefit for health and weight management.