Hypothetical Situation: All Sugar Diet with caloric deficit. What happens?

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  1. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    I know many people on this subforum are in the Calories/Calories Out fat loss ideology.

    So I pose a question:

    Person A eats 1500 calories (his maintenance calorie rate is 2000) but eats at a ratio of 80 percent carbs, 10 percent protein, 10 percent fat.

    Person B eats 1500 calories (maintenance 2000) but eats at a ratio of 45 percent protein, 25 carbs, 30 percent fat.

    They both exercise 3-4x a week with moderate intensity. All other conditions are the same.

    Will one or the other lose more weight, or will they lose equal amounts of weight and why? What about muscle mass? Will Person A lose muscle mass due to his diet? I just want to see the specifics of our members' opinions on the calorie in/out equation.
     


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    marg Senior member

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    i think A loses more "weight" because of the combination of caloric deficit and muscle loss, but makes up for the difference with bloating from all the carbo water retention.
     


  3. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    No protein = loss of muscle mass.
     


  4. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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    That would be roughly how most vegans eat. Those people are almost all really skinny.
     


  5. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    What I'm seeing so far then is that it's not just about calorie deficit when it comes to being healthy as opposed to losing "weight(muscle mass included". Anyone saying that it only has to do with calorie in/out?
     


  6. Sir Humphrey Appleby

    Sir Humphrey Appleby Senior member

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    From the thread title, I guess apart from getting diabetes within a week you'd have to keep eating every half hour to get some energy, but you would be buzzing.

    From the post, I guess the same as everyone else, you'd just get really thin.
     


  7. Sir Humphrey Appleby

    Sir Humphrey Appleby Senior member

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    What I'm seeing so far then is that it's not just about calorie deficit when it comes to being healthy as opposed to losing "weight(muscle mass included". Anyone saying that it only has to do with calorie in/out?

    Healthy is not just being thin or the right weight.
     


  8. mgm9128

    mgm9128 Senior member

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    That would be roughly how most vegans eat. Those people are almost all really skinny.

    You meant to say Satan's little helpers.
     


  9. mgm9128

    mgm9128 Senior member

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    To answer the question: Person A will lose weight--that is, for as long as he can sustain such a diet--but most of that weight will be lean muscle mass. Person B might lose less weight than person A, but he will be losing more fat, and most likely, gaining more muscle mass, simultaneously. Although, there's really no reason person B should limit his caloric intake to 1500 per day, as that is just silly.

    I know; I used to be person A, and now, essentially, I'm person B, but I don't count calories, and I eat more fat and protein.
     


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    Hartmann Senior member

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    What do you mean when you say "healthy"?

    What kind of "moderate exercise" 3-4x/wk are we talking about here?

    How much lean body mass does your hypothetical individual have to start out?
     


  11. LawrenceMD

    LawrenceMD Senior member

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    at 1500kcal per day? with moderate exercise?

    both would be be losing a ton of weight like a motherfucker. you're basically putting them in old world style fat camps (like that fat camp movie with ben stiller).

    lets just put the average male basal metabolism rate at 2200kcal/day (person who basically weighs 170lbs and is in between 5-7 and 6-0ft tall) as a extremely rough estimate.

    they'd be at least at a 700kcal deficit regardless. on days of exercise you bump that to at least 1000kcal.


    it might be more interesting to do the opposite and create a study with a guaranteed caloric surplus. something where you'd come up with a null hypothesis stating what you think might [not]happen.

    comparing two groups forced fed 4000kcal/day -one with your preposed high carb diet/one with the more balanced diet you mentioned.
     


  12. mgm9128

    mgm9128 Senior member

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    What do you mean when you say "healthy"?
    I'd define healthy as someone with a proportionate amount of muscle for their build, low resting insulin levels, and a fair amount of essential fatty acids in the diet.
     


  13. mgm9128

    mgm9128 Senior member

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    The study I would like done is one that compares the long term effects of a low carbohydrate, ad libitum diet to a low fat, calorie restricted diet.
     


  14. Saltricks

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    healthy: under 18 percent body fat (as a man), free from diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses
    moderate exercise as defined by: anaerobic (weight lifting) and aerobic exercise that is moderately strenuous (lifting sets with higher that 5 reps but under 10, swimming/tennis/basketball)
    LBM, Lean Body Mass: For this example, some number higher than 82 percent of body weight. Lets say, 70 percent LBM looking to slim down.

    I made this post to allow people to discuss the specifics of the calorie in/calorie out equation and in order to show the uninformed that just "losing weight" is not enough to be "healthy".
     


  15. Saltricks

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    The study I would like done is one that compares the long term effects of a low carbohydrate, ad libitum diet to a low fat, calorie restricted diet.

    My personal experience with this when I did low carb, "at will" diet (Atkins): Lost a shit ton of weight (about 20 percent of my body weight: 40 pounds) within 3 months. I probably had a caloric deficit anyway, just because I really couldn't eat a lot of the things I like. Lean muscle mass, however, was also lost. I had wrestled a lot in high school and had a good amount of LBM, but after the diet my wrists were rail thin, and I looked a little soft.
     


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