Is it true that if I cut out carbs, I can eat all the protein I want without gaining weight?

posted Jan 7, 2011, 12:08 PM by Daniel Choi   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 1:16 PM ]
Question:
Is it true that if I cut out carbs, I can eat all the protein I want without gaining weight?

Answer:
Too many calories from any type of food can be stored as body fat. But certain types of calories are more diet-friendly than others. Carbohydrates — particularly white, refined carbohydrates — break down rapidly. Protein takes longer to digest, so it can help to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Plus, our bodies have to use more energy to process protein, as compared to carbs, so we burn slightly more calories when we digest high-protein foods.

It’s still calories in versus calories out. So while it’s true that most of us can benefit from limiting our intake of refined, processed carbs, most of us can also benefit from a dose of moderation with our portions of all foods, including protein.
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