With low-carb diets dominating the headlines when it comes to losing weight, it makes you wonder what the deal with carbohydrates is — are they no good for our health or or perfectly fine to eat in moderation? In contrast, replacing carbohydrates with plant-based foods was linked to a lower risk of mortality. Chan School of Public Health and a co-author of the study. Carbs are our body’s primary source of energy, especially for the brain, which relies almost completely on glucose to function optimally. Accredited practising dietitian Rachel Hawkins, who blogs at thenakedtruthaustralia. While the body will draw on fats and proteins as sources of energy, limiting carbohydrate consumption in the long-term can have detrimental health outcomes, she says. Victorian naturopath Erin Keane adds that restricting carbs for too long can mess with female hormones. Hawkins also highlights how eating a lot of meat on low-carb diets as the main source of protein, equals an increase in saturated fats which have been proven to have negative consequences on cardiac health. To understand the dietary grey area around carbohydrates, it’s important to know the difference between two types of carbs – as not all carbs are created equal. In other words, when we hear about carbs being bad for our health, it’s mainly related to simple carbs.
Sorting Last Post on Top Message. I usually suggest that new Sparkfolks, start focusing on staying in their SP calorie range. Then as they get the hang of food selection, portions, and calories, the next step is to see the protein, fat and carbohydrate distribution of those calories. This SP article gives more on the SP ranges and how these ranges are based on research for overall health and a balanced diet to meet nutrient needs for the body. True, I had forgotten that “fat” is not the same as “grease” and that it’s not all unhealthy still learning : I’m sorry. That having been said, how do you know if your fat intake is part of a healthy balanced diet or if it will sabotage you? Does it really not matter what you eat as long as you stay in your calorie range? I am doing just great, I loved being able to never feel deprived while loosing, and same with maintaining. Any diet works if you stick to it.
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It seems that these days most people that I speak to fall into one of two dietary camps. According to advocates, a low carb diet is the holy grail when it comes to effortless weight loss, increased energy levels and improved brain function. Should we be eating a low fat diet to live long and prosper, or is cutting carbs the secret to health and longevity? Neither a low carb or low fat diet is optimal for long term health. Unless you have a medical reason for doing so you do not need to avoid either fats OR carbs. You see, the problem with both of these diets is that they are built entirely around restriction. And whether you are restricting carbs, restricting fats or restricting calories… you are already setting yourself up to fail. Because whenever we go into restriction mode we lose sight of the most important part of healthy eating. Of course the cashew nuts have more fat than an ultra-processed granola bar! Newsflash: neither of these diets are healthy. Deliberately restricting nutrient dense foods in fear of a single macronutrient is as dangerous as it is absurd.