DON'T ELIMINATE CARBOHYDRATES


Someone I know decided to go on a diet and once again made another uninformed decision off the internet about how to lose the pounds. Their poison? Eating no carbohydrates. If you are unfamiliar with what carbohydrates are they are sugars, starches, and fibers found in fruits, vegetables, milk products, and grains. 

There are a lot of diets out there that eliminate carbs and it's not healthy! Your body uses carbohydrates as energy. It's one of the first things your body wants. Think of the runners that carbo-load before a big event. Energy comes from wholesome carbs. Your brain uses them more than you know so if you're ever feeling sluggish while on a diet that has eliminated carbs the fact your body isn't getting energy from them is that's why you feel slow. 

Diets that cut a major macronutrient (protein, fats, and carbohydrates) out of your diet set you up for failure. There are diets that cut out fats too! How dare they? Butter is my favorite meal. Kidding... I mean, I do enjoy butter on toast.

But anyway, eventually your body is going to get so deprived of carbs that when and if you make it to your goal weight successfully and start eating carbs again your body is going to tell you to eat more and more carbs. That one loaf of whole grain bread that was for the kids is going to be eaten by someone who has been carb deprived. 

That's the very simple jist of why you shouldn't eliminate carbohydrates. It's important to consume healthier carbohydrates like the ones that come from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains but it's not horrible to eat a piece of cake once in a while. My advice is to limit your carb intake by eating healthier carbohydrates but not by cutting them all out. 

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