Atkins - Burning off carbs and fat

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Get n healthy
06-07-2008, 02:08 PM
Hello all,

My sister is on Atkins and i am a calorie counter. We were talking about how long you have to do cardio to get to the fat burning stage of cardio. My theory was, it doesnt matter, as long as you're burning calories, your making progress. Her theory is, you burn sugar/carbs first THEN you burn fat. So if she doesnt eat hardly any carbs, does she start to burn fat right away? And on my elliptical there is a "fat calories burned" thing, but why do we never hear about a "carbs burned" thing? How much cardio equals how much sugar burned? That is my basic question. Maybe i should ask this in exercise, but thought some of the Atkins folks might know more about it.

06-07-2008, 02:24 PM
I've read a lot of theories about how the body processes calories, burns fat, etc, and I'm not sure that anyone (especially an average person) can calculate this precisely. I don't know if scientists even have the tools to do this.

I can tell you that I kept a very careful food diary, and found that I can lose weight on more calories, when I limit carbs. I can also tell you that if I restrict carbs too much, exercise, even low intensity, is nearly impossible. I get dizzy, weak, and nauseous.

These are just personal observations from my own journals, but I think that's the best way for the average person to learn about what works for them. Document and evaluate. Exercise at your comfort level and note your results. Look for patterns, but don't jump to conclusions on too little data. It'll take months of journaling to really be confident that you've correctly identified a true pattern and not a coincidence.

I know there's a lot of theory being thrown around that for exercise to be effective, there are minimums of intensity and duration, but my theory is that even if true, you can only do what you can do. If only 30 minutes "count," but you can only do 20 - then do 20, because you'll never get to 30, until you've mastered 20.

I don't know if we ever have to truly understand "how" it all works, we just can do our best and through trial and error find out what works and is workable for us.

06-12-2008, 10:43 AM
In thoery both of you I think would be burning calories but with eating less carbs, I do believe it's going to come off faster. When you eat less carbs and then work out, your body burns the few carbs it has for energy and since your not eating many carbs it has to burn something for energy after so it burns your stored body fat. Thats why alot of people (celebs even) cut bread and pasta out of there diets because they start to add up to alot of carbs.