What I think of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs, Low Carbs, and all of the Carb BS out there

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What I think of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs, Low Carbs, and all of the Carb BS out there

With a lot of talk, confusion, and controversy in recent years about “carbs”, I wanted to give you my opinion on good carbs vs. bad carbs, low carb, and all the other “carb chaos” out there.  I’ll also illustrate to you my favourite healthy carbohydrate choices. First of all, although I’m not a “low carb” fanatic, I do believe that one of the major reasons why so many people struggle to get rid of any body fat is that they are eating a lot of processed carbohydrates such as: cereals pasta rice bagels muffins breads (even whole grain varieties are not ideal if you want to lose body fat) sodas juices candies crackers   It is really hard to lose body fat if you’re eating a lot of any of these kinds of carbohydrates (even though you exercise very hard). In addition to causing fierce blood sugar swings and insulin rushes which can promote body fat deposits, consuming too many carbs also raises your appetite. Note that I didn’t incorporate potatoes in the roll of processed carbohydrates. In spite of the trash talking they get from a lot of fitness professionals, I think whole potatoes (not fries or chips!) are a nutrient-laden healthy food. Even carbohydrate sources that most people feel are “healthy” really are just excess calories that don’t actually give a whole lot of nutrient density… and many kinds of breads and cereals are passed off as “whole grain” with clever advertising, when in reality the main ingredient in them is refined flour, which is just going to shoot your blood sugar up high. My belief on it is that the bulk of people struggling to lose body fat would do much better following these kinds of carb guidelines: Reduce your grain-based carb products in the diet (cereal, pasta, rice, crackers, etc) and focus more on the diet of healthful grass-fed and/or free-range meats and eggs, grass-fed raw dairy, and TONS of vegetables and fruits. I understand that it’s very hard for most individuals to give up completely their breads, cereals, and pastas.  But don’t worry, just put aside the grain-based carbs for a 1-day a week “cheat day”, and you can still do just fine! Instead of the grains for most of the carbs, try getting a lot of your carbs from vegetables, sweet potatoes, and a range of whole fruits and berries (NOT fruit juices, which remove the beneficial fiber as well as other necessary parts of the fruit). If you’re going to consume any grains at all, focus on the most nutrient laden and fibrous portions of the grain… the germ and bran. This means that the best parts are getting oat bran instead of oatmeal, and utilizing rice bran to include in your yogurt, cottage cheese, salads, soups, etc.  This way, you receive all of the most beneficial and nutritious parts of grains, without including all of the extra starches and calories. To restore the void if you’re used to eating lots of bread, pasta, …

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