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Carbs are not the enemy

Today it appears that everyone and there bestie is on a low carb diet. Keto, Atkins, and South Beach are all too common in weight loss circles. Carbohydrates are the new scapegoat to a quickly growing epidemic of obesity.

The generation before this one, blamed weight gain on fats. You still see low fat food but it has become less common. It appears that the importance of healthy fats is more commonly known about.

Science has proven that fad diets are ineffective. Just like fats, there is healthy and unhealthy carbohydrates. Ultimately, too much of anything can cause weight gain and disrupt health.

Carbohydrates are not any different than any other macronutrient. It is overconsumption which leads to weight gain.

Carbs are energy and they are an essential macronutrient. A healthy diet is made up of protein, fats and, YES carbohydrates. It is with a healthy balance of all those macronutrients that contribute to optimum health.

Our individual characteristics should be determining the proportion that we eat carbs, not some blanket number decided by someone who doesn’t even know you (and is in it to make money.)

Honestly, it is easier to sell the idea that not eating carbs equals weight loss. As opposed to giving people real information on how to eat a more balanced diet, which leads to better health and weight loss.

If that was the case people wouldn’t need to buy anything, no good for business. Think about it. Vegetables and fruit are primarily made up of carbohydrates. Those foods are essential micronutrients for our bodies.

You can’t have a healthy functioning body without proper vitamins and minerals. Incorporate healthy carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, fiberous fruits and vegetables. Your body will be happy you did.

Carbohydrates are not the enemy. In my experience it is the quality of the foods we eat that make the real difference with weight loss.

Quality and proper consumption of each macronutrient is key. It is when we eat foods that are of high quality (whole, unprocessed) and in proper amounts that weight loss is achieved.

If you want to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way, try a more balanced approach. Reduce calories by eliminating foods that do not make you feel good or give little nutritional value.

Eliminating an entire food group for the sake of losing weight is total bananas. It’s not healthy and doesn’t make sense. Toss that type of thinking out with your banana peel, and move on.

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