There seems to be endless chatter about which is better for losing weight faster: counting calories, or counting carbs. The truth is, that both can work very well, it simply depends on your body and how you process the calories you eat – and it’s not the same for everyone. There are a number of variables to consider when deciding which method will work best for you, and it usually begins with the basics of how healthy you are when you start.
For instance, those who are diabetic don’t really have much of a choice. They are already watching their carbs and have likely cut out a lot of excess simple sugars. In this circumstance, counting calories will nearly always yield better results, because simple carbohydrates already don’t play a significant role in their diets.
Those who consistently eat carb-rich diets, on the other hand, may benefit greatly from simply counting carbs instead of calories, because it is the carbs that they have become addicted to, and it takes a concerted effort to re-train oneself not to eat as many of them. The problem with diets that use counting carbohydrates as their primary program function, however, is that there are many low carbohydrate foods that are very rich in calories – those which can be devastating to a weight loss plan. Foods like fried chicken, cheese, red meat, bacon and other higher fat foods tend to take the place of carbs in carb-counting diet programs, leaving little room for rapid weight loss if the quantity of food is not reduced, regardless of any metabolism increase.
So which is better?
Although the theory behind the blood type diet does indicate that carb-counting or calorie counting will work better for one individual than another, combining the two can always be beneficial. But, if you are determined to choose one or the other, then the bottom line is that only you can determine which diet is best for you. As long as you listen to your body, it won’t take long to figure out which plan is the most effective; the key is sticking to it. Endless success stories from both sides tell us that when a person is comfortable with the weight loss plan they are on, they will always lose weight faster.