Does cutting carbs really help you lose fat?

One should go lower calories in order to lose fat.

For the vast majority of people (non-competitive bodybuilders) fat loss is a simple matter of calories in versus calories out.

Whether you eat fewer calories from fat, carbohydrates, or protein, really doesn't matter in he vast majority of cases.

Carbohydrates get a bad rap but they're really just a type of macronutrient that the body most readily uses as an energy source. When lacking carbohydrates the body can make use of fats or proteins as energy instead.

The thought process of cutting carbohydrates is that excess carbohydrates pretty quickly get stored as adipose fat in the body...that's obviously not what you're going for. BUTTTTT the same thing is true about unused fat (which is also easily used as energy) and unused protein (not as likely to be used for energy).

The problem with carbohydrates is that they don't typically make you feel full, so it's easy to eat a lot of them. Fats and proteins help you feel more satiated so in eating more of them and cutting carbs, it's easier to net yourself fewer carbohydrates.

Ultimately though, it's all a matter of calories, so do what makes you feel best while still giving you the result you're looking for.

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