Low-Carb Diet For Active Fat Loss

Low Carb, low fat, low calorie? When it comes to dieting, there's no shortage of options to try. Research recently published in the journal Hepatology suggests that dieters might burn more fat with a low-carb approach. Even without an exercise program, study subjects who adhered to a low-calorie diet lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks while the low-carb dieters lost 9!

Let's take a look at the mechanism at work here. Glucose and fat are metabolized in the liver for physical energy. Fat is fat, but glucose can be formed from a variety of substances. Researchers found that those on a low-calorie diet get about 40% of their glucose from glycogen, a carbohydrate-like muscle fuel stored in the liver until needed. On the other hand, low-carb dieters burn fat and amino acids for energy, preserving their stores of glycogen.

The Bigger Picture: If you're complementing your diet plan with a regular exercise routine and for maximum effect you should those stores of muscle glycogen are going to come in handy. Make sure you take in some carbohydrates with protein after training to replenish glycogen and kick-start the muscle recovery process. Keep the protein coming for amino acid energy. Over the long term, you'll find that burning fat is where it's at for a lean, muscular physique.
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