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Not All Carbs Are Created Equal


8/6/2009 9:25:51 AM

STRAWBERRY69's SparkPage
Low carb dieting is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Let me say, some of the things in this article are just not true, because I've been there, done that. First, I've never had more energy than when I keep my carbs low! Second, the headache that may occur is only in the first one to two days, and that's only in extreme carb deprivation after high sugar, because your body is purging the sugar, (anyone who has done cleansing in any way has experienced this). I am not a physician and cannot disprove the other things in this article scientifically, but I have read much material on both sides of the low carb debate by doctors and I believe we should read all the information before coming to conclusions as well as trying the diet itself. I will say, I don't believe low carb is for everyone, but for those of us who have been obese for a very long time and are resistant to weight loss, it is an excellent kick - off for dieting
6/8/2009 4:23:45 PM

JEREMYM's SparkPage
SparkPeople's articles are full of so much information! I still can't believe all of this is free. SparkPeople is such an amazing web site!
5/27/2009 8:36:33 AM

True serving sizes are very small. When you realize that, it's easy to see how you can fit in all of your servings each day.
5/27/2009 12:09:23 AM

I honestly knew about carbs and the health risk of not eating them. I recently had to explain to my daughter that yes carbs can be good for, not only good for you but you have to have them. She too had heard the bad rap carbs have gotten. Now my only question is how on earth can you get all the portions you need in one day. To name a couple, 6 to 11 for the whole grains, and 5 for vegetables. There is no way I can get that many servings of those in one day. Shucks I can't even afford to eat that many servings of each and also feed them to the other 3 in my family. Great idea, just not going to happen.
5/23/2009 2:48:39 PM

LEE2151's SparkPage
Thank you for this article! I've been trying to figure out what is a complex carb as compared to a simple carb and this article helped immensely. I definitely need the KISS plan! I know now how and what to incorporate into my diet in order to increase my complex carbs. Thanks very much!
5/21/2009 11:13:28 AM

what is considered a serving?
5/20/2009 4:54:59 PM

i would like to begin following these rules. Where does protien come in? Would like for my spouse to follow with me, however not sure he will without having some meat. Thanks!
5/15/2009 9:11:49 AM

Honey, although natural, is a sweetener just like sugar is, which should be limited or eaten in moderation.
5/15/2009 7:38:02 AM

JESSICALYNN0102's SparkPage
I agree with you MRSDAVIS09... why is honey on the list of things to avoid?
5/7/2009 11:05:21 AM

I would like to weigh in with some thoughts, musings and observations on high fat, super low carb diets such as the Atkins Induction Phase diet. Consider the smoker who seems to be in denial as to the long term health risks of their "diet" of nicotine as they draw (undebatably) toxic chemicals into their lungs daily. Smoking in the moment does not appear to be killing them. It takes time for the hardy lungs to show signs of damage. When they do, it is often too late to counter the effects. Extremely low carb diets, I suspect, are having the same sort of invisible effect. I'm thinking blocked arteries and heart attacks in the suprisingly young and seemingly fit. It is exciting in the moment to see the pounds falling away while indulging in cheeseburgers, blue cheese dressing, steak, butter... so easy, so tasty; not boring at all! My experience with the induction phase of the Atkins diet supports many of the statements outlined in this article. (I don't think I am alone in finding that the transition out of Induction was too complicated and the dramatic weightloss too addictive to give up. I stayed on longer than 2 weeks.) I was loving the slim lightness I was feeling on the diet, although I could no longer make it through a session on the eliptical that was very easy for me before. I was suprised when I would pass a coworker who I had known for years and could not remember their name and other strange brain blip events. Yes, the brain does love carbs! It doesn't have to be simple sugars, but without some carbs the brain falters and can put you in dangerous situations. It wasn't until my mother, a nutritionist, had me write out my diet and evaluate it, that I realized I was eating a 70% fat diet. We discussed the long term effect of this and I realized that the rapid weightloss just wasn't worth it. I did not develop eating habits that I could live with and when the weight started to creep back on, it found new places to deposit that I had never had fat on before! Welcome to the weightloss/weight gain roller coaster. Every body is unique and every person has to learn to manage the issues involved with fueling it, nurturing it, hydrating it. We are so complex. We need calories but they need to be the right calories that keep us in balance, our blood sugars, our delicate chemistries, our appetites... Thank goodness there is a place that offers a variety of perspectives and information to help us make our choices and navigate the care and feeding of our bodies! Thanks Spark!
5/7/2009 9:05:05 AM

Jules- White bread IS a complex carbohydrate, but don't confuse "complex" carbs with "whole grain" ones, which are 2 different things, as the article mentions. Choose whole grains as often as possible.
5/7/2009 7:14:40 AM

Great article, BUT I THINK THERE IS AN ERROR !! Surely white bread cant be the good bread to eat? Please see the quote from the article below

" Complex carbohydrates (also referred to as starch) are made up of many sugar units and are found in both natural (brown rice) and refined (white bread) form. They are structurally more complex and take longer to be broken down and digested. "

I find this very confusing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5/6/2009 11:01:53 PM

MRSDAVIS09's SparkPage
Last time I checked, honey and molasses were packed with nutrients. I don't think they should be included in the list of things to exclude completely from the diet. That's one rule I won't be following!
5/6/2009 7:30:56 PM

"Carbohydrates are the body's ideal fuel for most functions." Then why do I feel better when I minimize carbs? Seriously: carbs make me feel tired!

"In fact, the human brain depends exclusively on carbohydrates for its energy." That is definitely not true. My brain does just fine when I'm not eating carbs. In those situations, it runs on ketone bodies very nicely. Did you know that some epileptics are put on no-carb diets called ketogenic diets? The nutrient of choice in those diets is fat. If the brain really needed carbs, the folks on that diet wouldn't thrive.
5/6/2009 5:10:46 PM

ME_HERE_NOW's SparkPage
this just makes me happy to see i am moving in the right direction and doing this the right way! :)

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