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I agree with most of what Bdiddy posted, but I would like to clarify one point. Yes its true that weight loss is determined by burning more calories than calories consumed. But this is not accomplished soley by reducing caloric intake. This is also accomplished by improving your burn rate, or in other words, strengthening the metabolism. Many people focus soley on reducing calories and don't bother improving their burn rate or looking at ways to strengthen the metabolism.

Strengthening the metabolsim can be accomplished by supporting all of the vital organs involved in metabolism, primarily the liver, kidneys, and endocrine system. This can only be accomplished by balancing the diet in such a way that will protect these organs from disease. To do this, protein should not ever exceed 30% of total daily calories, carbs should not exceed 50% of total daily calories, and fat should not exceed 30% of total daily calories. Whatever ratio can be reasonably attained within those ranges will provide the most balanced diet in support of metabolic strength and optimum health.

Other important factors in strengthening metabolism include increasing lean muscle mass in the body (through excercise), decreasing toxic load (to improve liver function), and stabilizing blood glucose levels throughout the day (by eating smaller meals more frequently). And of course, improving the overall quality of the food helps to accomplish all of these goals - avoiding chemical additives and preservatives, high fat and poor quality fat (such as transfats and excessive levels of saturated fats), sugar, and processed foods.

The fact is that a low carb/high protein diet does not strengthen the metabolism, in fact it weakens it. The human body is not designed to live in a state of ketosis, and this will inevitably lead to ill-health. This is why when a low-carb lifestyle is ultimately abanoned (which is the case with most low-carb dieters), all of the lost weight returns. A low carb diet reduces lean muscle mass, weakens liver function with abnormal amounts of fat and protein, weakens kidney function and causes dehydration with excessive amounts of protein, and places the cardiovascular system at risk with excessive levels of fat and cholesterol. Nobody will ever be able to convince me that this method of dieting makes any sense at all.

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