To Carb or Not to Carb: That is the Question

There is so much controversy out there today about whether or not you should eat carbs or whether the low-carb diet is the way to go in order to lose weight. Unfortunately,Guest Posting the controversy is based on misinformation and hype rather than fact posiłki bez węglowodanów.


The truth is, carbohydrate is one of the three main sources of calories required by our bodies (in addition to protein and fat) and is absolutely ESSENTIAL to a healthy diet and a healthy body. In fact, our brain uses carbohydrate, in the form of glucose, as its most efficient source of energy (as opposed to protein and fat).


Cutting all or most carbs from your diet for extended periods of time can have many ill effects on your body, including but not limited to, headaches, loss of concentration, fatigue, constipation, and increased risk for long-term health problems including certain cancers.


What does carbohydrate do for us anyway? Carbohydrates are essential to your diet for many reasons, but first let’s discuss which foods contain carbs because once you know which foods contain carbs you can quickly figure out what nutrients your diet will be missing without them.  Carbs are found in grains, such as bread, pasta, rice, cereal, crackers, and oatmeal, all fruit and fruit juice, milk and yogurt, starchy vegetables, such as peas, potatoes, beans, and corn and, of course, sweets.


There is also a small amount of carbohydrate in non-starchy vegetables, such as salad greens, carrots, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus but only about a third of the amount that is in the starchy ones. When you delete carbs from your menu, you take out great sources of fiber (necessary for a healthy GI tract), calcium, vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin C, folic acid, and many other antioxidants, or disease fighters.


Now, obviously, sweets aren’t essential to our diet in order to provide nutrients. However, in my opinion, sweets in moderation ARE essential for most people to actually be able to maintain an otherwise healthy diet in the long run. If you normally eat sweets on a regular basis and then abruptly cut them out for a fad diet (e.g., a low-carb diet), it is very difficult and nearly impossible for most people to avoid them long-term.


It leads to discouragement and causes the average dieter to give up and then make up for lost time. Whenever your diet makes you feel deprived, you are likely to give up and then rebound by overeating on the foods you’ve avoided.


Aside from the potential health risks, I think the single biggest problem with a low-carb diet is that it is simply too difficult to maintain. It’s just like any other fad diet out there; it causes you to take one step forward and then two steps back.


It provides quick weight loss initially (in the form of water, not fat). Then, as the weeks go on (if you can stick with it that long), you continue to lose only because you have reduced your calorie intake[1], not because a low-carb diet is the magic bullet. Let me explain.


For many, a low-carb diet is appealing because you can eat all the meat, bacon, eggs and cheese you want. However, it doesn’t take long to lose your appetite for those foods; you get your fill pretty quickly. The diet is so restrictive that you end up eating fewer calories than before you started the diet, hence the key to weight loss- a reduction in calorie intake.


Most people decide that a low-carb diet is too hard to maintain because they miss carbs too much, and they give up. Here’s the kicker; not only do most dieters give up, but they then make up for lost time. They binge on the foods they’ve avoided for so long and then gain back more weight than they lost.


If you’re considering any sort of “diet” to lose weight, just ask yourself this one question: “Can I maintain this diet for the rest of my life?” If not, then don’t waste your time on it in the first place because as soon as you stop following the diet, you will regain all the weight you lost. You will only lose weight and keep it off for as long as you’re willing to follow the diet.

To Carb or Not to Carb: That is the Question

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