Originally Posted by Gittit Shwartz
Darryl, from this and your previous posts you are obviously a highly "carb-tolerant" individual, but this is not the case for (arguably) the majority of people. Especially for someone who was formerly overweight, more carbs and less fat seems unlikely to be the solution.
Doug, I recently broke a fat loss plateau by UPPING my fat intake.
That said, as someone who does NOT do well with carbs, I find I can manage 1/3-1/2 cup of berries with an otherwise low carb/high fat meal, so +1 for Darryl's recommendation of more variety in your diet.
I doubt if I'm any more carb-tolerant than the next guy and I'm sure that if I ate a diet high refined foods I'd get fat the same as anyone else. The reason I've been able to maintain an average 5% BF my entire adult life (I'm 40) on a high carb low(ish) fat diet is because I get almost all of my carbs from plants rather than grains or other refined foods and plant foods, even starchy ones like bananas or sweet potatoes, are low in calories. If you look on www.nutritiondata.com
you'll find that most plant foods have an extremely low calorie density (kcal/100g) compared to nuts, seeds or animal foods as they're mostly cellulose and water so you need to eat an enormous volume of plant foods to meet your daily calorie requirements and the size of the human stomach means that it's almost impossible to overeat.
Another factor in this, and it's something that people tend to forget, is that any excess carbs will only ever be stored as fat if your glycogen stores are already full and your body has nowhere else to put them. There's a metabolic cost of ~24% required to convert glucose to adipose tissue though which means that if you overeat on a high carb diet only 76 out every 100 excess calories will be stored as fat. If on the other hand you overeat on a high fat diet the metabolic cost of storing any excess is only 2% so 98 out of every 100 excess calories as will be stored as fat.