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The Truth About Carbohydrates

Not all Carbs are Created Equal

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1/12/2010 10:58:44 AM

GCVEGAS's SparkPage
Who every wrote this clearly does no anything about a low carbohydrate body, or how the human works. First of all, a low carb diet IS a high fat diet, NOT a high protein diet. Your body is actually designed to run on fat, NOT carbs, up until 10,000 years ago, less than 10% of human existence, there were no significant carbs in the human diet; that is when humans developed agriculture. Ketosis, means fat burning, not one loses any weight without it. and the body is designed to be in it most of time. If, and I do mean if you have problems initially switching to low carb, it's because you have not been used to getting most of your energy from fat, rather then sugar (carbs) and your body is making a switch. Want more information on this check out any of the low carb teams on this site. Including my blog.
12/19/2009 3:38:29 PM

MPERRY48's SparkPage
When I read comments like “cut the carbs way down low and eat more protein, fruits and veggies” and “I had never consumed carbs, although I always ate a lot of vegetables”, it becomes obvious that this article failed to educate these folks about what a “carb” actually is. I couldn’t disagree more with this ridiculous article but see no need to go into detail when FLYNAVYWIFE, MINDHORIZON, and DBCLARINET did such a fine job already with their excellent responses.


HHI0901
12/19/2009 11:33:17 AM

Diabetics do not HAVE to be on a low-carb diet! I have had type I for FOURTEEN years and I went on South Beach once in high school to lose weight for a dance.

Do not be fooled, type I people! You can eat normally as long as you take enough insulin to cover what you eat!

(However, the more insulin you take, the more you will weigh - I have found that as I lose weight - eating a balanced diet - I need almost half of what I used before!)
SKYLERPAM
12/19/2009 10:34:29 AM

What I find more interesting that the article, is the comments. It certainly shows that people are passionate about food. I think we each need to find what really works for us. For example, I cannot eat "white stuff", ie sugar, white flour, white potatoes. My husband does fine on all of those things and never has a problem with overeating. If I eat the white stuff, I want to eat more and more. I also noticed that I get very tired and would get overheated really easy. But the problem with the low carb is that I always end up falling off (that first piece of bread will do it) and gain more back than I lost.
So what is the solution. For me it is stay away from the "white stuff". I eat protein, red meat and fish, lots of veggies, whole wheat breads (there are flat breads and pitas with no white flour) and some beans and other good carbs. I have been doing that for awhile now (lost about 25 lbs) and seem to find this is working for me. With the holidays, I am having some problems wanting to eat cookies and candies but I don't seem to go as crazy as I use to.
So maybe the deal is eat healthy and figure out what works for you. Can you eat this way for the rest of your life? Can you splurge once in awhile? Plan for those times you will be in an eating situation and how you will deal with them. Know there are some things you just cannot eat - for me that is wheat thins. I will eat the who box and then look for desert to top it off. Also learn why you eat and understand eating will not solve your problems, make you feel better or happier, or give you the comfort you are looking for.
12/19/2009 7:09:59 AM

CYNTHIASAVAGE's SparkPage
This is utter nonsense and dangerous to the millions of diabetics and pre-diabetics out there. Low carb diets are a safe, fast and easy way to lose weight, control blood sugar and stop those awful cravings. Low carb lifestyles include plenty of fruits and vegetables and thus fiber. And there isn't a woman in this country that is going to lose weight eating 6-11 grain servings a day. Plenty of scientific evidence to back this up but the real proof is in the doing.
12/18/2009 10:16:32 AM

ICEPRINCESS0966's SparkPage
Reading through the comments proves one thing to me. We are all different!

I believe this article is "true" for some and terrible advice for others. Many people feel terrible on a low carb diet and just as many feel awful when they eat bread and pasta. I'm not sure what's right for me but finding out is the fun part of the journey. Right now I rarely eat meat so low-carb doesn't seem like a good option, but I intend to look into it further. I want to be as healthy as I can be, but I think trying to shape one "right answer" for everyone is one of the reasons we get so much conflicting diet advice and why it is so hard to lose weight and keep it off.
12/9/2009 8:33:44 PM

GCVEGAS's SparkPage
This is WRONG and Dangerous. Sparkpeople has two dozen low carb communities, none of us belief this and it is a minimum derogatory to all our communities. If sparkpeople thinks this is acceptable at a minimum they should publish articles by Dr Eades (either one of them), Dr. Mary Vernon, Dr. James Carlson, and many others who TOTALLY disagree with misleading article.
11/5/2009 12:40:18 AM

ME-ELIZABETH's SparkPage
BEING SOMEONE WHO MUST STAY ON A LOW CARB DIET FOR HEALTH REASONS I GET TIRED OF PEOPLE PUTTING DOWN A DIET THEY HAVEN'T TRIED OR REALLY STUDIED ABOUT BECAUSE YOU CAN BE ON IT ALL YOUR LIFE AND FEEL BETTER THEN YOU EVER THOUGHT.

IF I NEVER LOSE THE WEIGHT I HAVE ALL THESE THINGS THAT IMPROVE:

I LOST 150 LBS SO FAR
GOT OFF 2 BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATONS
MY SIGHT EYE SIGHT AS IMPROVED BECAUSE OF
MY BLOOD SUGAR BEING UNDER CONTROL FOR 9 YEARS.

SO RESEARCH WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING OUT, THERE IS A LOT OF PROOF THAT THIS IS A GOOD WAY FOR PEOPLE TO LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF.
JASMINAJANCIC
11/3/2009 10:15:56 PM

I could not disagree more about the advice to eliminate honey from the diet. I am seriously questioning the reasoning behind this. In reasonable quantities, honey is extremely good for your body, loaded with nutrients, and with a healthy Glycemic Index! It has been used for centuries in many parts of the world to help with all sorts of ailments. It is beyond me why a licensed dietitian would overlook all those health benefits.
JASMINAJANCIC
11/3/2009 10:11:58 PM

I could not disagree more about the advice to eliminate honey from the diet. I am seriously questioning the reasoning behind this. In reasonable quantities, honey is extremely good for your body, loaded with nutrients, and with a healthy Glycemic Index! It has been used for centuries in many parts of the world to help with all sorts of ailments. It is beyond me why a licensed dietitian would overlook all those health benefits.
TEALNGO
11/3/2009 10:25:29 AM

What about meat? How much should be included daily?
11/2/2009 2:15:12 PM

VXWALL1942's SparkPage
As a diabetic, I need all the info I can get on carbohydrates. Thanks for an informative and useful article. I've printed it for my resource materials so I can reference often.
11/2/2009 11:42:07 AM

BJKLASELL's SparkPage
OMG - what propaganda! Contrary to popular believe, low carb diets do not eliminate all carbohydrates. I have followed Atkins for many years (on the advice of my doctor) and I have more energy and more successful weight loss than any low fat diet I've ever been on. I eat vegetables, probably more than most people I know. I eat berries. I don't eat bread, pasta, rice, grains, sugar. I eat fat. Animal fat, oh my! My cholesterol is the lowest it has ever been. I am not constipated. Yes, the first few weeks are uncomfortable, trying to get the evil sugars out of your body. But, any diet change is a challenge the first couple of weeks as you are trying something new.

Please stop spreading lies about low carb diets. Instead, encourage people to make better choices about carbohydrates, as the first part of your article mentions.
10/22/2009 10:40:53 AM

LAHLUMDI's SparkPage
What a great article! It really does present the topic simply. I have bemoaned the fact that I am adding more calories than usual with pushing more fruits/veggies a day, but I realize these are much better calories for me than I usually eat.
10/22/2009 6:18:40 AM

SUSIEPH1's SparkPage
Thank you for such a helpful and easily decipherable article. I will certainly keep it in my favorites . I was on a low carb diet and was wondering why I was so tired all the time !! since I have been with Sparkpeople I have lost over 7 kilos and am raring to go in the mornings ..Again thank you so very much .. Susie

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