NextJumper Question of the Day:

If I drop carbs in my diet will I lose weight or do I need to count calories, as well?

The bottom line is that total calories are what count. The only way to lose weight is to consume less total calories than your body burns. All of the macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat, and protein) in addition to alcohol can be stored in the body as fat and they will be stored as fat if more calories are consumed than the body needs, regardless of the source. Healthy individuals should have diets that consist of at least 55-65% of total calories coming from carbohydrate, 10-15% calories from protein, and no more than 30% calories from fat.

Have a fitness or nutrition question? Email mbeck@nextjump.com and have your question answered on the Daily Briefings.

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