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Re: [IP] low carb diet???? anyone doing this

It's actually considerably more complicated that this.  What you say 
is true if the body were 100% efficient in using everything one eats. 
But that is not real life.   When you eat more it is well known that 
you also burn more, a process known as DIT, diet induced 
thermogenesis.  So you don't add a pound of weight for every 3500 Cal 
you eat.  And the opposite occurs when you eat too little, i.e., your 
body becomes more efficient at utilizing food.
   And another important factor is the role of insulin on fat cell 
metabolism.  This is what got Atkins started way back in the 1970s. 
People on his diet do lose weight even when they eat a lot of protein 
and fat, as long as they keep their carb intake low.  And even more 
surprising was a presentation at the November, 2002 American Heart 
Association meeting, which showed that people on the Atkins diet with 
unlimited fat intake had as good blood lipids as those on the AHA 
diet.  The AHA was so worried about that abstract that they had to 
issue a statement saying that this was only one paper, and that the 
AHA did not approve of the Atkins diet.
  Bottom line is that carbs play a big role by affecting blood insulin levels.

<<<<<<It isn't carbs, it's calories (actually kilocalories = kcal). 
One pound of
fat (which is what you want to lose) is equivalent to 3500 kcal.  So, to
lose one pound of fat, you need to expend 3500 more kcal than you take in.
Most men will lose weight (between 1 and 2 pounds per week) on an 1800
kcal/day diet.  For women, it's 1500.  That's along with moderate exercise.
If you exercise more vigorously, then a little more is preferred.  As a
rule, a weight loss goal should be no more than 2 pounds per week, although
most diet regimes will cause loss up to a pound a day for the first week,
but that's almost all water, not fat.   Jim Handsfield>>>>>>>>
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