When you think of carbohydrates you may think of all of the foods we are told to shy away from: breads, pastas, potatoes, etc. Let’s first delve into how carbohydrates got this bad rap. Back in the 1980’s, the low-fat diet became all the rage. Low-fat salad dressings, reduced-fat peanut butter, light potato chips. We were all told that fat was the enemy. The thought process for this concept was that one gram of fat is equal to 9 calories, while one gram of carbohydrate or protein is equal to only 4 calories. Therefore, wouldn’t fat be making us “fat?” Well, not exactly…
Fat is responsible for a whole lot of flavor. When manufacturers began removing all of the fat out of products, they had to add something to replace the flavor. Can you guess what that was? Yep, sugar. These low-fat, yet secretly high-sugar products made us all gain more weight. It seemed to make perfect sense. If it wasn’t the fat making us “fat”, then it must be the carbohydrates. Hence, the low-carbohydrate diet trend was born.
If you follow a low-carbohydrate diet, you may notice some weight loss. But in actuality, it’s not because you started ditching the pasta and bread. It’s because you’re consuming less calories overall. But weight loss is weight loss, right? Wrong. Eliminating any food group from your diet can cause incredibly harmful consequences and it’s unsustainable. Sure, you may lose weight at first, but studies show that the weight eventually creeps back on. So, let’s set the facts straight…
Life is all about balance, and that goes for food too. To obtain a healthier diet, I recommend you put more colors on your plate, eat a variety of foods, drink your water, and don’t overcomplicate eating by restricting all of your favorite foods.
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