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14 August 2006 @ 04:06 pm
The Dreaded CARBS!  

Are carbs really that evil?

My understanding has always been that it's calories that matter in weight gain/loss, regardless of where they come from (I'm speaking from the home-ec teacher point of view).  If you cut out the carbs, you'd have to eat more protein and fat, and too much of that can't be good, right?

I'm a big fan of carbs, but my parents swear that cutting back on them has helped them lose weight.  I keep trying to explain that by not eating as much bread they've probably been eating less calories, but they insist it's the lack of carbs. :-P

What do y'all think?

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
auntiesocial: God's fan club_auntiesocial_ on August 14th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Addy's endocrinologist wants her on a lower carb diet because of the hyper insulin. She over produces sugar and since carbs turn to sugar she needs to cut back all she can even though she takes an oral medication for it. I am going to hazard a guess that yes it does make a difference but don't cut out a lot of carbs cause you still need them. Instead of having 5 servings,maybe only have three.
Dana: cyndiachtungbaby80 on August 14th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
That is true, but sugar is what gives your body energy. It's good, if it's not the processed kind. I've never had a problem with carbs, like I said--maybe this'll change when I get older. I was just curious because it seems like everybody's on the low-carb thing today but my nutrition professors had a totally different view.
Nicole: Dooku ownedastrogrl32 on August 14th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
I suck at biology, but I think it's because carbs have more calories, and more sugar than other foods. I think you need SOME carbs, but not as much as some of us eat.

I think we all realize that you need SOME carbs, or you will have no energy. It's also part of a well-balanced meal. One summer my boyfriend put me on a fruit diet, and I was in the bathroom all the time. I was so pissed off (no pun intended), and I gained 5 pounds!. When I told his mom about it, she rolled her eyes and said the idiot forgot that I needed some grain to help digest it.

The Atkins diet is going to kill all of us, I swear. Heart attacks for everyone!
auntiesocial_auntiesocial_ on August 14th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Atkins is grossly unhealthy. I think you just need to use common sense when eating carbs. You know,eat a whole grain bread, go to brown rice that sort of thing. I think the big thing is to watch the portion size.
discordia_eris on August 14th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
I posted this as a tag on on the previous entry, just not thinking that they were 2 seperatye entries! D'oh!

I'll add it here as well :P

The problem is lack of actual knowledge of what makes up the food we eat and how it works. I think the single biggest mistake people make is equating cereal and grain only as carbs. So when the healthy eating pyramid says 9 to 11 (9 for women and sedentry workers, 11 for men and active people, or thereabouts) serves of carbs a da, people are only counting their bread, their pasta, cereal and rice... But carbohydrates are also a high percentage of dairy foods and fruit, as well as in the more widely known carb-loaded veggies. The milk on your cereal every morning adds 1 or 1 1/2 carb exchanges to the 2 or 3 already in most bowls of cereal. The apple you eat at morning tea time is also a carb exchange. The tub of low-fat youghurt adds another 1 or 2 exchanges, depending on the size.

I'm not sure how your food labels read over there - I think I'm the only native metric-user on here :P - but 15 grams of total carbohydrate = 1 exchange. So if you're following the food pyramid and aiming for your 9 to 11 cars a day, you've GOT to count the fruit, the dairy, the beans, and everything else, as well as the grains and cereals.

Most people you ask have NO idea that they're not counting them properly.
Dana: cyndiachtungbaby80 on August 15th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
I never got around to learning about all the exchange stuff (heh heh :-P), but I do know that if it's not a protein or fat, then it's gotta be a carb. Those are the only 3 substances that give your body calories; vitamins, minerals, and water do not. Like you said, I think most people equate carbs with pasta and bread, when in reality carbs are also dairy, fruits, and vegetables. With the way our old food pyramid was set up (they just changed it this year, so most people aren't real familiar with it), it told you how many servings each of grains, fruit, veggies, milk, meat, etc. you should eat every day. That depended on people knowing how much a serving size was, though, and we tend to think serving sizes are a lot bigger than they actually are. So that was a problem, too...people would think they were eating 1 servings of pasta or whatever, when they were really eating 3 or 4!
discordia_eris on August 15th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
The other thing that's probably making the difference to your parents is that by consuming less carbs, they're eating less fatty things with it. Where do all the fatty things go? Usually onto our carbs *g*; the margarine or butter and fat-filled lunch meats on our sandwiches, butter on the toast in the morning, sour cream on the baked potatoes, butter and milk in the mash, creamy or meaty sauces on the pasta... Cut out the carbs, and you cut out all of that stuff by default.

Better choices of food that go with the carbs would no doubt have the same effect *g*.
Dana: cyndiachtungbaby80 on August 15th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I tried to tell them! They would always put mayonnaise and cheese and all this other fat- and calorie-laden stuff on sandwiches, so now that they're not eating that anymore, of course they're losing weight. :-P But no, it's that magic bread.
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)