The secret of Carbs

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 16:10
According to a dietician,decreasing carbs drastically or eliminating them completely from your diet is not beneficial at all. Carbohydrates keep your metabolism functioning in a healthy way. Now we have to make the right choices of carbs like whole grains, oats, potatoes and corn. Of coarse like everything eating in moderation is the key. Carbohydrates should be at least 50% of your daily intake. Without them your body goes into survival mode, as if you were in a famine. So if you are on a low carb diet and start to feel tired all the time and notice you are not losing weight or gaining. Check your food diary and see whether your getting enough carbs and calories.

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 16:24
I totally agree.

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 17:42
I have been on a low carb diet for a long time, as I am gluten-free and do not consume fake food substitutes. I eat low carb and have lots of energy. The body is capable of converting fat into energy, but can lose that capability if you train it to rely on mostly carbohydrates with next to no fat or protein, as many people do.

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 17:48
It also depends on what dietitian/nutritionist you're talking to and what they personally believe. I went to one who advocates the low carb approach and says low fat is the wrong way to go. She also explained how fat is used for energy when you can get the useless carbs out of the body. Vegetables and fruits have carbs so you can get useful carbs from those. When I do low carb, I wake up alert and have crazy amounts of energy.

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 22:06
I think that people forget that all vegetables, all fruit and all dairy have carbs (even some meat cuts and organ meat have carbs) and somehow believe that carbs equals starches in grains and potatoes. You can feel perfectly well on low carbs if that is what your body demands. I would be in constant food coma if I tried to eat 50% of my calories in carbs, and would be seriously sick if I tried to get all these calories from grains. Again everybody is different and some people are not doing very well on very low carb diets, but I can bet that you will find more people who feel better and lose more weight on low carb diets than on diets high in corn, grains and potatoes.
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Posted: 02 Dec 2012, 02:52
Oh goodness, here we go with the famine/starvation talk. Yeah, maybe if you avoid any calories for a week.....
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.

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