★Carbs often classified as “bad” in Canada and the United States, are staple foods in other countries.★
Countries that are NOT on any high-rates-of-obesity list that I could find.
Rice in China. Pasta in Italy. Potatoes in Ireland. Bread in Scandinavian countries. Bananas in Uganda.
Whereas both Canada and the United States–both rampant with low carb diets and dieters–made it onto several lists with high rates of obesity.
There isn’t one woman I’ve met who’s gone a low carb diet, lost the weight and kept it off.
How about you? Have you gone on a low carb diet, lost the weight and kept it off?
I get how confusing it is with all the conflicting information about carbs out there. The alleged experts can’t even agree on what’s healthy and what’s not healthy.
Okay, I made up the last one. But honestly, isn’t it confusing? Except for the mid-afternoon monkey chattering, all of those “facts” sound reasonable.
So what makes a food healthy?
Other than calories, healthy foods supply additional nutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Empty calorie foods are empty, or almost empty, of vitamins and minerals. They have calories—usually high fat calories, or high sugar calories, or both—but no other, or barely any other, nutrients.
Here are the top 5 allegedly “bad” carb foods—that aren’t bad at all—and some of the nutrients they provide—(will vary with the type). Nutrients listed are in no particular order.
Potato—potassium, vitamin C, B6, fibre, magnesium—as well as antioxidants.
Wheat Bread—fibre, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamins B1, B2, B6
Enriched Pasta—iron, several B vitamins, fibre, and fortified with folic acid (an essential nutrient for women of childbearing years.
Enriched Rice—fibre, niacin, folate, iron, manganese, selenium
Banana—fibre, potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6
The truth about eating carbs and weight loss. Eating one of the above carbs with your protein at every meal will give you a much greater feeling of satisfaction after your meal. And you’ll be less likely to binge on sweets later. Not bingeing is a giant step forward toward weight loss.
The truth about eating carbs and weight gain. It’s not the carbs, it’s the amount of food you eat. And that applies to ALL foods. Eat too much and it’ll be stored as fat. Even super healthy foods.
This bears repeating. Eat “too much” of any food–even super healthy foods–and the “too much” will be stored as fat.
Here’s to eating all carbs guilt-free,
P.S. If you would like to learn more about how to move to a diet-free lifestyle and add the carbohydrates you love to your meals, I invite you to purchase my book (ebook or print copy);
Clear Your Cravings: 3 Secrets To Diet-Free Weight Loss (It’s Not What You Think).
It’s a step-by-step guide to lose weight without giving up ANY of the foods you love.
Posted Friday November 10, 2017