Is It the Carbs or the Calories?

While people around the globe set a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, surely there are some of them jumping on the “no carb”Atkins Diet bandwagon in hopes of eliminating those unwanted pounds.  But is it necessary to completely cut out an entire nutritional component of foods that our bodies use for its main source of energy?

The answer is simple.  No!  One does not need to eliminate carbohydrates in an effort to shed pounds.  Those who are on “no carb” diets do in fact lose weight eliminating carbs, but the real reasoning behind that is because they are actually consuming less calories. 

Regardless of what one eats, he or she can lose weight.  It is a simple mathematical equation.  One pound=3,500 calories.  So over seven days in a week, if 500 extra calories are burned per day or 500 less calories are consumed per day then weight loss will result dependent upon individual basal metabolic rates (number of calories the body naturally burns with normal daily activities). 

Now, why does the “No Carb” diet work?  Well, if a consumer has trouble watching portions and balancing fat, protein, and carbs in a normal balanced way, he or she may opt for the diet mentioned above.  Consuming fat and proteins are more satiating /filling, so the result is that they should ultimately consume less food. Hence, less food means less calories.  However, if too much proteins and fatty foods are consumed in excess of the basal metabolic rate, weight loss will not occur due to the overindulgence of calories. 

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All this talk of carbs had me in the mood for a baked microwaved potato for dinner.  Along with my potato I had a simply baked fillet of the grown up fish and roasted asparagus.

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The salmon was seasoned with salt and pepper, garlic powder + the juice of a Satsuma baked at 400* for 15 minutes until flaky.

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The asparagus were tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 400* for 20 minutes.  I topped my tater with Brummel and Brown Yogurt Spread, a little reduced fat mexican cheese, and a dollop of plain greek yogurt.  It was delish and Chris agreed!

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As for lunch, it was leftover Chinese vegetables and rice from last night’s take out…

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….and a satsuma from sis’s tree.

Breakfast was an over toasted whole wheat waffle with a thin spread of peanut butter, two spoonfuls of cottage cheese, a sliced banana, and a spoonful of sweet potato pecan butter.  Yummy aside from the crunchy, blackened waffle beneath.

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I did also have a carby cornbread muffin when I got home from work with a killer headache.  It has finally gone away after a nap and dinner.

**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician; the above information is what I have learned in my own effort to lose weight.  For professional nutritional advice please consult a registered dietician.  

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