After posting about a higher fat, lower carb diet leading to weight loss, I was asked many questions about which carbs to avoid.
The post - Meet Your New Best Friend: Fat - was focused on the fact that having a diet lower in fat DID NOT lead to weight loss. In the research study, the higher fat group ate less carbohydrates and lost 8 pounds over a one year period.
Which carbohydrates did they avoid?
Carrots, potatoes, beans, or apples (all high in carbohydrates)?
Or are we talking about processed carbohydrates like bread, cookies, and cereal?
First off, the low carb group that lost 8 pounds was eating 130 grams of carbohydrates per day. That is the equivalent to eating 2 plain bagels or 6.5 slices of bread. Honestly, I would not have thought this was a low carb diet. The lower fat group ate (on average) 3 plain bagels of carbohydrates or 200 grams per day. Wow!
The group that lost weight (the low carb group) did eat more fiber and cut down on processed foods with more carbohydrates.
So which carbs are not your friends?
- White bread, white rice, cereals and pasta made with refined flour.
- Cookies, candy, and muffins.
- Soda, juice, Frappuccinos, and sport drinks.
These are the processed carbs that are getting us into trouble!!
Tell them to take the bread-basket back (unless you are somewhere great and the bread is AMAZING).
If you do nothing else except cut back on the processed carbs, the data shows you will most likely lose weight.
Which carbs are okay? (Don't forget - your body needs carbohydrates to function.)
Whole grain processed foods (with fiber and nutrients) such as oatmeal, 100 % whole-wheat bread, and brown rice are less problematic.
Fruits, vegetables, and beans, while full of carbohydrates, also have NUTRIENTS and FIBER. They are not empty carbs and I believe you should be proud of yourself for eating them.
I would be proud of you!!
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