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Carb Diet Favors Abdominal Fat Gain

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A recent study further strengthens the connection between weight loss, insulin resistance, carbs and abdominal obesity.  But avocados shine brite…

A recent study by Reina Sofa University Hospital in Spain examined the effects of 3 different diets on fat distribution and insulin resistance. The study compared a diet high in carbs with a diet high in monounsaturated fats (avocado’s, nuts, flax) and a diet high in saturated fats.

The diet high in carbs showed a strong propensity to redistribute fat towards the abdominal region. Conversely, the diet high in monounsaturated fats showed just the opposite; a tendency to prevent abdominal fat deposition. For many people seeking weight loss, losing abdominal fat is extremely difficult.

This study is of interest because abdominal obesity is strongly correlated with insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition where your body has too make abnormally large amounts of insulin in order lower blood glucose levels.

In short, if you have tendency to hold all of your fat in the abdominal region, you may consider a consultation with your doctor to check your insulin sensitivity.

There is one problem with this study. It lumps all carbs into the same bucket, when clearly certain types of carbs like vegetables can have a very beneficial effect on weight loss and abdominal fat.