If there’s a trend that drives me mad, it is the obsession of avoiding “carbs.”
When I hear someone saying: “Oh, I don’t do fruit because they’re full of sugar,” I feel sad.
Why… Heavens, why, are we so AFRAID of “carbs?”
When I decided to go on a raw food, plant based diet; I lost 17 kilos (37 lb) in 4 weeks while eating mostly carbs (80% of total calories approximately). Mainly fresh fruit, but also various vegetables.
Carbohydrates are your body’s main energy source and are necessary, not only for remaining active, but also for brain function.
Insufficient carbohydrate levels in the diet lead to an array of diseases, primary among which are various eating disorders, hypoglycaemia – which is often associated with diabetes, ketosis, intense food cravings, fatigue, and weakness.
There’s no such thing as “carb intolerance” or “eating too many carbs.”
The problem is much more straightforward: we’re fat.
We’re fat because we eat too much food, when compared to our energy expenditure.
This happens because we eat the WRONG foods.
Diets only work to the extent that they restrict calories. Artificially restricting calories by not eating “carbs” is one way to do it.
However, eliminating “carbs” means avoiding the most important healthy foods — those that healthy populations around the world eat and STAY slim.
My own experience traveling the world, in addition to all the research I did, does not support the theory that carbs make you fat — even the so-called “bad” carbs, like white rice.
I mean, have you been to the Philippines?
I’ve been to places like Thailand, where people eat a lot of rice, but it’s nothing compared to the Filipino habits, they eat carbs (mainly rice) at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even for dessert, they top it all off with more carbs in the form of fresh fruit, which they devour eagerly. In spite of all this carb consumption, most people in these regions are fairly thin.
Eating fruits, rice, or vegetables and even a little refined sugar certainly didn’t cause the obesity epidemic raging in most of the developed world.
You can eat as much fresh fruit (carbs) as your body desires, as well as other wholefood, healthy carbs and even lose weight, just like I did!
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