Originally Posted by ryboto
You realize that quality fat is incredibly nutritional and healthy, right?
My diet is primarily fat and protein, and I've gotten down to 10% body fat eating this way. Their demise is grains and sugar and processed foods.
Pasta and sauces aren't exactly healthy...
Aside from your seemingly negative comment regarding fat, I agree with you.
Not necessarily, I mean, don't go out and eat a tub of the stuff, but high fat diets can be great for people, and keep you satisfied for quite some time between meals.
I eat very little in the way of carbs, and I'm fine, so please tell me why do I need a good deal of them? Eating carbs tells your body to store fat. So if you eat carbs in excess and eat them with fat, you'll get fat. It wont help anything if you eat excessive amounts of either though.
As for the study, if gamers were eating healthy to begin with they wouldn't need to binge on snacks while they play.
I agree with most of what you're saying. However, if you're eating few enough carbs your body will switch to fat for the primary fuel source. (AKA Keto Diet). If you're dropping bodyfat then yes, fewer carbs will help you lose some wait. Carbs don't tell your body to store fat, that's a common misconception. High amounts of sugar will cause an insulin spike, which temporarily pauses the metabolism of nutrients and causes fat to be stored until the spike is done, then the fat is released from the fat cells.
High carb diets aren't ideal for everyone, but for athletes and people trying to gain muscle, they're great. For a sedentary lifestyle where most your time is spent sitting (I'm guessing that covers a lot of people on this forum due to work/school and some laziness tossed in) a high carb diet isn't needed.
In the end, your body utilizes nutrients the same way, carbs are carbs, fat is fat and protein is protein. Just remember all of them are needed in moderation, but I think you have that down pretty well if you're at 10% bf.
Originally Posted by guyladouche
I know it's a little off-topic, but there is a difference between eating an equal amount of calories of fat vs. some other composition of calories, main difference being that our bodies don't efficiently break down fat for immediate energy (hence our excellent ability to store energy as fat cells), whereas simple and complex carbs, and even protein, are more-easily broken down for more-immediate energy. Gotta take into account the effect that what someone consumes has on their metabolic rate, and that if something eats 100% fat, it will have a drastic effect on how quickly/efficiently they make use of the calories that they're ingesting. There's a reason why there is an "ideal" composition of carbohydrates, protein, and fats for a healthy diet.
I know, like I said in this post, everything in moderation. You need a balanced diet, but my main point is that your body doesn't care if most of your carbs come from sugar or brown rice. It's not going to be good for your blood sugar levels if you take it all in at once, and I wouldn't advise it but it wont kill you (unless you're a diabetic of course).Edited by cougar62 - 5/23/11 at 11:03am