How to lose body fat quick is one of the most pondered questions of fitness enthusiasts and just plain folks alike. Being able to do it naturally, without resorting to drugs, surgery or other medical procedures is a definite plus. After all, weight loss drugs are expensive, and surgery is no fun at all, not to mention being expensive too.

Several recently released studies on losing weight quickly and naturally, show some interesting results. They were all obtained without having to use any of the funny stuff you may not want to put into your body.

In addition, it isn’t only about keeping out artificial solutions. In today’s economic climate the monetary aspects of any fat loss solution cannot be overlooked. You may need any extra money to feed your family, pay your mortgage, or minimize your credit card debt. You don’t want to be throwing away a huge chunk of cash trying to slim down.

One relates to the use of a low glycemic index carbohydrate diet; I’ve long been on record of preaching the gospel of low glycemic index carb diets. This 2006 University of Sydney, performed in the Land of Oz, was published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. The study examined 129 people between the ages of 18 and 40 who were split into 4 groups.

Two groups were fed high protein diets, two were fed high carb diets. One group of high protein and one of high carb dieters ate low GI carbs for their carbohydrates, the other high GI carbs.

The study showed the following:
Of the groups on the high carb diets, the low GI sub-group lost twice the fat as the high GI sub-group. Think about that; twice as much fat! That’s why it’s so important to switch to low GI carb sources. Here’s another reason –

Of the high protein, low carb group, the low GI sub-group showed no difference in the amount of fat lost, but they did show amazing differences in health. The low GI sub-group’s LDL (bad cholesterol) went down substantially, while the high GI sub-group’s went up.

Another finding by the study was that women were more affected by the total glycemic load than were men.

Another recent weight loss study, published in the Mar. 7, 2007 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at some popular diets such as the Zone, LEARN, Ornish, and Atkins, to determine their effect on weight and fat loss. The study’s main thrust was to determine if the older notion of using a high carb, low fat diet was viable for weight loss.

The study only examined women with BMI measurements between 27 and 40 (moderately overweight to obese). It determined that the Atkins diet elicited more than twice the weight loss than the Zone diet for the 12 month duration of the study.

The average weight loss for the Atkins diet participants was 10.3 pounds over the 12 months. This shows the importance of exercise when trying to lose weight. The addition of only moderate resistance training would likely have given the women much greater fat loss, due to an increased basal metabolic rate and calories burned during the exercise itself.

What does all this mean regarding your efforts to lose fat naturally? Well, according to the results form these studies, you should eat a moderately low carb, low GI, high protein diet. You should combine that with exercise at least 2 or 3 days a week. Exercise is even mre effective when done at high intensity and relatively short duration, 3 or 4 days a week.

Until next time…………………lose your belly fat!