Do you buy fat-free products in quest of the perfect body? Avoid any food with fat because you want to win at weight loss? 2013 became the year when more and more experts were proclaiming that high fat, high protein diets win for health and weight loss - and that starchy carbohydrates such as grains and sugar are the real enemy. We're predicting that high fat low carb ketogenic diets will blossom in 2014 - and we've got the skinny on how you can benefit here.
In a nutshell, ketogenic diets reduce your intake of carbohydrates while boosting fats and protein. As a result, your body shifts from burning sugars and starch as fuel to burning fat for energy.
The challenge: How low should you go when it comes to carbohydrates, and what foods should you choose for optimal health? Although some think of the Atkins diet as one that permits you to gobble up all the bacon and butter you desire, the company has revised that plan to include more fiber and emphasize healthy fats.
But does this type of diet work for weight loss?
Yes, says Jimmy Moore, author of books advocating a high fat low carb diet such as "LIVIN' LA VIDA LOW-CARB: My Journey From Flabby Fat to Sensationally Skinny in One Year" (click for details). He's become an expert after losing weight and regaining his life.
For those who worry that too much fat will slow down their weight loss, low carb expert Dana Carpender contends that the opposite is true, and has created a cookbook to prove it: "Fat Fast Cookbook: 50 Easy Recipes to Jump Start Your Low Carb Weight Loss" (click for details).
Then there's noted journalist and researcher Gary Taubes, who agrees that carbohydrates like sugar and grains, not fat and protein, are the enemy. He's the author of "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health."
So how do ketogenic diets work? They require you to eat minimal amounts of carbohydrates, subsisting primarily on protein and fat. The result: Your body develops a high level of ketones, referred to as ketosis. You burn more fat and reduce fat storage. One of the best books on this topic and low carb diets in general: "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable"(click for details).
One of the most popular diets using this principle: Atkins weight loss plan. You can get the full details by clicking here for "New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great."
And if you're seeking recipes and more details, you can get them by clicking here for "The Low Carb High Fat Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Great."