Low carb/high fat, high protein/low fat - no matter what diet camp you're in, you'll struggle to lose those extra pounds until you get it right. Here's why:
If you're following a low carbohydrate diet and you aren't losing weight, then you're eating too much fat and/or too much protein. If you're on a low fat diet and the weight still won't come off, then you're eating too much carbohydrate and/or too much protein. The bottom line is that despite your best efforts, you're breaking the number one rule for weight loss: eating the right amount of food for your personal needs.
At A Personal Dietitian, the first order of business is to "right size" your diet. We figure out how much food your body needs (using calculations that have been proven and time tested) and we work out a plan so that you lose weight at a safe, satisfying rate that fits your metabolism. For some people, this may mean eating less carbohydrate than you do now, but it's really not necessary to go overboard on this like so many current diets do. The difference between popular low carbohydrate diets and the PersonalDiets approach is that we include high nutrition carbohydrates and don't needlessly eliminate healthy foods - there's no need to because we've "right sized" your diet for you. You'll find the variety and choices of foods makes it easier to eat with your family and friends, and the result is a carefully balanced eating plan that meets your health and weight loss goals at the same time.
Another reason to focus on "right sizing" your diet is that most of us truly have no sense of the actual calories and amount of food we've eaten, much less how much we need to eat to reach a desirable body weight. Nutritional studies have shown that a person at normal body weight underestimates their food intake by 20%, which is quite a bit. But worse yet, the overweight person underestimates the amount of food they eat by a whopping 30%! So, if you've actually eaten 3000 Calories, you think you've only eaten 2000 Calories - that's a huge difference and a real key to why it's so important that you follow a plan that emphasizes getting the right amount of food for your personal needs.
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