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How Does a Low Carbohydrate Diet Burn Fat?
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

How does a low carbohydrate diet burn fat?

A lot of research has proven that dietary fat is not necessarily converted into body fat. Carbohydrates are readily converted into fat as an action of insulin. According to many experts, most overweight people became overweight due to hyperinsulinemia - elevated insulin levels in the blood. When you eat a meal high high in carbohydrates, the increased blood sugar stimulates insulin production by the pancreas. Insulin is the hormone that allows blood sugar to be used by the cells. A side effect of insulin is that it also causes fat to be deposited. It also stimulates your brain to produce hunger signals. 

Naturally, you then eat more carbohydrates, and the cycle repeats itself. Over time, your cells become resistant to insulin, meaning that your pancreas has to work overtime, producing up to four or five times as much insulin as it normally does just to keep up with the high demand for it. It's been shown that high levels of insulin have a harmful effect on the body. How does premature aging strike you?

Limiting the intake of carbohydrates puts a end to this cycle. When you reduce your carbohydrate intake, your insulin levels decrease and the levels of glucagon increase. Glucagon is the hormone that causes body fat to be burned and cholesterol to be removed from deposits in the arteries.

If you severely restrict carbs, the body goes into a state called ketosis - this is the burning of fat with the subsequent production of ketone bodies in your bloodstream. What is the result of ketosis? Your blood sugar levels stabilize, your insulin level drops, and your burn fat. There are inexpensive ketone test strips on the market so you can find out when you're in ketosis or not.

When a diet causes your body to go into ketosis, it's considered a ketogenic diet. For most people, restricting carbohydrate intake to less than 30 grams a day will induce ketosis. Most people on these diets lose weight quickly. While some diet experts believe ketosis is a safe condition, it's not necessary to lose weight. If you choose a higher level of carbohydrates than needed to bring on ketosis, you may need to limit your total caloric intake in order to lose weight.

For diabetics who aren't obese, it certainly isn't necessary to be in ketosis for the benefits of a low carb way of life. It's possible to bring your blood glucose levels under control without being in ketosis. If you need to lose a considerable amount of weight, a ketogenic diet is the most effective way of bringing your weight back to a reasonable number.


Part One:
What is a low carb diet?

Part Two:
How does a low carbohydrate diet burn fat?

Part Three:
But is the low carb diet a healthy way of life?

Part Four: Can you be successful on a low carb diet?

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This article was written by Sal Colascione III, the author of "The One Carb Diet That Really Works" available for immediate download into your computer.  For more information about the program, click here.

 


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Why do people experience incredible weight loss on a juice fast?

Before that question can be answered, we have to understand what ‘juice fasting’ is about.

Juice fasting is about abstaining from solid food, for a period of time, while supplying your body with the most nutritious drinks on this planet. By providing essential vitamins and minerals, the juice can actually jump-start the body’s fat-burning mechanisms. One glass of freshly-made fruit or vegetable juice provides you with the equivalent vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and chlorophyll you would get by eating several pounds of raw fruits and vegetables.

Most of us have heard how thousands are losing up to 10 pounds in 2 days on the best-selling Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet in which you simply juice fast on bottled (dead) juice for 2 days. Well, juice fasting is a healthier version of the Hollywood Diet because you can fast longer than 2 days while supplying your body with live enzymes and nutrient-rich fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

Dr. Shelton, a great advocate of fasting, wrote "The weight lost by overweight patients in the early days of a fast is astounding. I have seen losses of five and six pounds a day for the first few days. A woman who fasted in the Health School in January and February of 1950 lost twenty-five pounds in the first two weeks.

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