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Ask the expert: I gave up carbs, but gained weight

No one diet fits us all, and we all respond well to a different ratio of macronutrients – carbs, protein and fat

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1 Aug 2016 | 05:12 pm

I tried the high-fat, high-protein diet because my friends swear by it. I cut out carbs completely but now, I find that I’ve gained weight. What did I do wrong?

This is an important question from the perspective of fat loss. Each of us has a unique body and metabolism. No one diet fits us all, and we all respond well to a different ratio of macronutrients – carbs, protein and fat. So you have your own macros that will initiate fat loss and your friends have different ones.

In my practice, I’ve noticed that some people are slow oxidisers – they tend to process food very slowly – who respond better to a high-carb, low-fat, moderate-protein diet. But fast oxidisers respond better to high-fat, high-protein, low-carb diets.

Once you’re aware of your personal macros, with the help of a health expert, you will start to see the weight drop.

There are different ways to figure out which category you fall under, but I wouldn’t recommend you do that without medical guidance.

You can try a high-carb diet, but have no more than 60 per cent of your diet rich in carbs. The rest can be divided between protein and fat.

If you are looking to burn fat, the carbs you should pick should be quinoa, sweet potatoes, moderate amounts of rice, fruits and vegetables. Please do not have processed carbs that are loaded with sugar, like bread, pasta, sugary juices and cereal bars.

Most importantly, please make some sort of exercise a part of your daily life. No healthy lifestyle is complete without it.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.