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Protein vs carbs vs fat calories

Your metabolic rate increases after every meal because of the “thermic effect” of eating and digesting food.  Your body burns a different amount of calories depending on the type of macronutrient you are eating.  For example your body doesn’t burn as many calories when digesting carbohydrates and fat as it does with protein.

Your body only burns about 4-7 calories for every 100 calories of carbohydrates or 100 calories of fat that you eat.  Though if you were to eat 100 calories of protein it would require your body to burn roughly 24-28 calories to digest that protein.

If you are looking at net calories your body is only netting about 70% of the protein calories that you consume and netting 93-96% of the carb or fat calories you consume.

Now you decide which food you want to put in your body for weight loss! This is why I like to recommend the UltraMeal shakes. They have protein and other nutrients to burn fat, not muscle. Order UltraMeal shakes at


Best Diet To Maintain Weightloss

Results of a new study show that for people who lose a lot of weight, the best way to keep it off is to follow a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

Protein is found in food such as lean meat and fish, food that has been previously proven to be very good for you.

Carbohydrate  foods such as pastas, bread, potatoes and rice nedd to be avoided.

The massive study was carried out by researchers from the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen, and featured participants who had previously been overweight or obese.

Participants were put on one of five diets, with each diet consisting of different amounts of daily carbs and protein.

Those who followed a high protein low carb diet were able to keep their weight off, and even lost a little more after the study period.

The study can be found in the November 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


How many carbs should I average on strictly low carb days?

Some people count carbs and some  don’t. If you are curious you can look the number of carbs up on Google. On a really low carb day you are looking at roughly 10 grams carbs each with breakfast and lunch, and up to 20 for dinner. Snacks of protein only, but no carbs for snacks.

If you do’t need to be limited to really low carbs, but you need to restrict yourcarbs, I’m suggesting roughly 100-150 grams of carbs per day.

What to eat can be a little tricky! You should stick to just two fruits per day; fruit gives you way too much fructose which is a load on the liver. Enjoy protein and fat like what I’ve talked about for paleo meals. Strict paleo eliminates many sources of starchy carbs: potatoes, dry beans, grains and pseudograins. Non-potato root veggies don’t have a high starch content. Winter squash would be good. Most nuts are good – Almonds, macadamea nuts, and chestnuts, are good this time of year.

Being on a low carb diet goes along with eating a low-oxalate diet. I have discovered that reducing oxalates improves many of my patients with fibromyalgia symptoms. After about 6 months of low-oxalate dieting, clients feel better. They describe being able to
walk, do light exercise, work in the yard, and better sleep. Apparently people with celiac disease  often get oxalate problems due to the compromised gut. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, many grains, all nuts except chestnuts, and almost all dried beans are high in oxalates. So this condition almost forces a paleo diet, and may explain why many people feel so better on a paleo diet with less pain, etc.


How many carbs do you suggest I have a day?

Regarding carbs, I’m looking for roughly 100 – 150 grams per day. It depends on your activity and weight loss goals.
Too many people have 100-150 grams of carbs in one shot…that just sends there blood sugar levels up too high.

So if you break it down to a per meal intake, you might try to limit your carb intake to about 35-40 grams per meal. That equals about 120 grams per day if you eat three meals and allow a little for snacks.

A good carb of choice is plantain chips, cooked in palm olein.

100 percent starch, with no sugar, and limited anti-nutrients.