You've probably heard it before. Maybe from friends. Maybe you've said it yourself.
"I'm trying to avoid carbs."
As if low carb diets offered some health benefit. Hello! Carbohydrates are the body's preferred energy source. In fact, the brain, which uses 20 percent of your body's total haul , derives its fuel almost exclusively from glucose. And glucose is the essence of carbs!!!
While it is true that empty carbs, as found in processed foods such as bread, soda and candies offer little in the way of nutrition, merely cutting out carbs will not only leave you with low energy, poor memory and impaired thinking, it can also lead to weight GAIN!
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that body weight is inversely proportional to carbohydrate intake. In other words, those who weigh the lowest eat the most carbohydrates, while the heaviest in the group had the lowest carb intake.
Why would cutting out carbs lead to weight gain? It's simple. Avoiding carbs leaves a calorie deficit, which you are likely to fill with high-fat foods, and since fat contains over twice the calories, going the low carb route could cause you to double your calorie consumption. The result? Well, it'll show on your hips, and butt, and thighs.
Conclusion: Eat your carbs. Next time a friend asks you what you are doing to stay so thin, tell her you are carbo loading. Call it brain fuel. Like those juicy dates pictured above. Succulent. Pure, sweet sugar that goes straight to your brain, not to your waist (unlike that cheese).
Of course, not all carbs are created equal.
The best sources of carbohydrates are sweets (fruit), greens (veggies), beans and some seeds. These foods are high in fiber, high in water, and high in nutrient (vitamins, minerals).
Sweets. Greens. Beans. Seeds. Eat up.