Here are some more informal FormSpring Questions and Answers on random paleo-related topics:
I understand and accept the premise of the paleo/primal way. I have, however, heard of people losing weight on low fat diets. How can this be explained?
To lose weight, you have to create a calorie deficit, so that the body has to draw on its own reserves to function. For some people — the not-yet-metabolically-deranged, perhaps — that’s possible to do on a low-fat diet.
Two points are worth noting, however:
(1) Studies have found that low-fat diets draw largely on muscle, whereas low-carb diets draw largely on fat stores. Losing muscle is not a healthy kind of weight loss.
(2) Most people will be hungry and grumpy on a low-fat diet. That’s not true of a low-carb diet.
Dr. Eades has done some great blogging on “metabolic advantage” lately. I’d recommend reading that.
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