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Study Reveals Secret To Low-Carb Success
Jimmy Moore
July 25, 2005

The following is a reprint from my new blog called "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb":

This Los Angeles Times story about the importance of protein in a low-carb lifestyle exposes a dirty little secret that those of who are livin' la vida low-carb already knew.

When you eat a controlled-carb diet, it goes without saying that you will be eating a lot more fat and protein than you would on a low-fat/low-calorie diet, which is generally higher in carbohydrates. The extra fat that you eat on a low-carb approach can help you feel full and give you the energy you need when carbohydrates are removed from your eating plan.

This article notes a new study that shows the reason why low-carb dieters are more satisfied for longer periods after eating is because of the extra protein they eat.

The study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington found that consuming higher quantities of protein (30-40% of calories) resulted in them eating less calories and losing more weight than a diet consisting of less protein (15-20% of calories).


While eating a low-carb lifestyle does not automatically mean you will be eating more protein, you certainly have plenty of high-protein options available to you when you cut out the carbs. Meats, cheeses and more are all very acceptable foods for you to sink your teeth into when you are low-carbing it! But don't tell that to these experts. They'll do anything to discredit low-carb.

For example, read what this head of human nutrition at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen said about this study: "One of the reasons why the low-carbohydrate diets seemed to work is not because of low carbohydrates, but because of high protein."

WHO CARES why it works, it just works! Why can't these people just accept the fact that low-carb is an effective way to lose and maintain your weight. If that means we're eating more protein and that's what is doing it, then so be it. But if the two go hand-in-hand (and they do for many low-carbers), then why should it matter WHY it works. I'm content to know that it just does.

In fact, the study participants were forced to eat all of the food they were given in the study and many of them complained that they felt like they were eating too much on their high-protein diet.

This is something that I tell people all the time. If you are hungry on low-carb, then you must not be doing something right. The exact opposite happens when you are eating low-carb foods. You find you don't get hungry as much when you eat these kind of foods.

Now when I was losing weight on a low-fat diet in 1999, I was CONSTANTLY hungry. All of those carbohydrates I was eating were making my body crave more and more food until I would be ravenous on a continual basis. That doesn't happen much to me now that I'm on low-carb as long as I can eat on foods every few hours to maintain my hunger.

This week while I have been on vacation in Tennessee with my dad, it has been challenging being able to eat often enough to not get hungry. While I am trying to be good on my low-carb and they are trying to accomodate me, it is difficult for them to understand that I need to eat more often than they do. They like to eat big meals and then not eat for hours on end. I used to be able to do that, but now I have to eat SOMETHING more often.

Last night, my dad even said the reason why I have been getting so hungry this week is because I'm not eating enough carbs. Oi! My own father is so uneducated when it comes to these kind of things. I just gritted my teeth and asked if I could eat something low-carb. It's a learning process that more and more families need to go through for us to lick this obesity problem.

The article warns people that consuming too much protein can be bad for your kidneys if you already have kidney problems. But that should not prevent the vast majority of people from attempting a low-carb lifestyle if their weight is not under control. It helped me lose 180 pounds and has helped millions of others lose weight permanently.

This new study coincides with another study earlier this month that said consuming a high-protein, low-carb diet is good for your bones.

If you would like to try any of the high-protein, low-carb recipes that researchers used in the study, then click here.

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