#6 – High carb and low carb diets are equally effective for weight loss
The ratio of carbs, to fats, to protein in your diet has nothing to do with your ability to lose weight, and specifically to lose body fat.
You can lose weight just as easily and just as fast eating mostly carbs, vs mostly protein and fat…as long as you’re in a caloric deficit (are you recognizing the theme here)
The idea that there is some special way to lose weight by manipulating your macronutrient ratios is a concept borrowed from bodybuilders.
In the last 24-48 hours before a bodybuilding show a bodybuilder tries to get rid of as much body water retention as possible by using diuretics and changing how much carbs or fats they are eating. This is largely a trial and error process and each bodybuilder comes up with a slightly different pattern to follow in the days leading up to a show.
These types of manipulations only have an effect on these guys for a day or two and are meant to help make their muscle definition show through even more severely while they are on stage.
The only reason this sort of thing makes any difference at all is because these guys have already dieted down and removed all of the fat from their bodies before they even start doing this sort of manipulation.
For you and I and just about everyone else who is never going to compete in a bodybuilding show, this sort of nutrition ratio combining is completely unnecessary.
And all of this is a moot point if you’re not eating in a calorie deficit.