High-Carb, Low-Carb, High-Fat, Low-Fat, or High-Protein, Low-Protein?

How many of these diet guidelines have you followed? For how long and did any work for you long-term?

Based on actual studies and real testimonies it holds true that some people can lose their excess weight all the time (on any diet), everyone can lose it some of the time, but not everyone can do it all the time.

Why do they all seem to work (at least for some people)?

The biggest reason is that most diets restrict either whole food groups and (at least initially) result in lower overall calories. Low calorie diets restrict overall food in general. In the case of low-carb, restricting carbohydrates alone results in lower overall hydration levels that produce a quick loss on the scale.

People stop dieting for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they reach their goal or they get bored or they just miss their favorite foods. When this happens, most see their weight start to move back up, often leaving them looking worse than before they started.

You can even go on a diet of whole, natural, healthy foods and still not lose excess weight or you might even gain weight.

If you are frustrated by all of this, you are not alone. Over 70% of American adults are overweight with 38% clinically obese.

Is there a simple way to lose excess weight (we’re really talking excess fat) and still maintain variety in diet without resorting to restricting whole food groups or consciously restricting calories?

From a health perspective, eliminating junk and highly processed food is necessary. When it comes to reducing excess fat it’s important too, but why?

Most junk foods are a mixture of ingredients that are never found in nature. The common mix is some combination of carbohydrate, fat, sugar and salt (think cookies or donuts). Carb/fat combos are not natural and our bodies are not equipped to handle them.

We are in a period where most people have access to food. Starvation is no longer a problem in America or any developed countries. This is a double-edged sword. We’re not starving but we’re also getting fatter and fatter.

In our experience, advice about moderation and “balanced” meals is a big part of the problem. This is because; even a moderate, balanced meal based around the healthiest foods becomes a problematic carb/fat combination.

In TurboCharged we recommend either strict mono-meals or 90/10 meals along with avoiding all carb/fat combinations. Readers often underestimate the power of this simple instruction. In early testing, eating only healthy TurboCharged foods ad-lib, in any combination, was very satisfying. However, it did not result in significant fat loss. When incorporating the same foods in mono or 90/10 meals, with no restriction on the volume of food (same foods and serving sizes but incorporating this instruction), fat loss was the result. This held true even when adding whole grains.

Very simple meals (mono or 90/10) are always best. Balanced meals look good on paper but not in real-world application. For most of our evolution, meals were simple and naturally followed this guideline. The last 150 years or so have radically changed the way we eat but not the way our bodies handle our food intake.

Most people have more than 20 pounds of excess fat to lose and some much more. This cannot be accomplished overnight or in a couple of weeks. It takes time. Usually more time than the average person is willing to tolerate. Incorporating strict mono or 90/10 meals while avoiding all carb/fat combinations will produce significant results without eliminating whole food groups or counting calories. Following this approach, you balance your diet over the course of the day, month and year by incorporating a variety of foods one meal at a time.


  1. Great post! It’s good to see you posting words of wisdom again.

  2. Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommends nuts + fruit for breakfast; Dr. Valter Longo’s book, The Longevity Diet, includes fats with (starchy) carbs and cites research that up to a liter of olive oil is healthy for CVD. (NOTE: this claim his been challenged and several researchers have stated it was the actual number closer to several tablespoons.)

    And while the longest lived/healthiest societies, globally, don’t live on high nor high protein diets and there’s a big focus on starch — legumes, potatoes, rice — they do include varying amounts of protein and fat in their meals as well.

    • Dian and Tom Griesel says:

      The longest lived people live on unprocessed foods in a variety of macro-nutrient combinations. The Turbocharged diet is first, a system for rapid fat loss. Once fat has accumulated, it is difficult to reduce even when eating just healthy foods if the resulting blood sugar levels consistently average over 100.

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