Carbohydrates: Friend or Foe?
If you’re like most of us, you’re likely wondering whether to carb, or not to carb. If you want to lose weight, should you stop eating carbs altogether? We understand the confusion and can help you make sense of the carb conundrum. If you need personalized advice about diet, exercise, or weight loss, call and schedule an appointment with us!
Low Carb Works, but Is it Risky?
Low carb diets certainly work when it comes to weight loss. Carbs are the body’s preferred source of fuel. When you restrict them, the body enters a state of ketosis and starts burning its own fat for fuel. This can lead to weight loss.
Low carb isn’t without its risks, though. Some experts believe that low carb diets may increase cholesterol, lead to kidney strain (especially in those with existing kidney problems), and potentially contribute to osteoporosis and kidney stones. Low carb diets are also less sustainable for the long term than balanced diets featuring a variety of healthy foods.
If you’re thinking about going low carb, make sure you have expert help. A nutritionist can help you determine if low carb is the best choice for you, or if you could benefit from other diet and lifestyle changes.
Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs
You might be surprised at how many foods contain carbohydrates. From chips and candies to apples, carrots, and bananas, carbs are in many of the foods that we eat each and every day. It would be practically impossible, and certainly unhealthy, to completely avoid carbs. You do need some carbs, even if you choose to restrict their intake.
When it comes to weight loss, you need to make sure you’re getting the right carbs. Highly processed carbs like candy bars and white bread aren’t the healthiest sources of fuel for your body. Nutrient-dense carbs with lots of fiber can help you to feel fuller longer, keeping your diet on track. This list of healthy carbs will give you some ideas of nutrient-dense foods that also contain carbs.
Carbs or Low Carbs: What’s Right for Me?
If you’re struggling to lose weight and need personalized nutrition help, call us. Our medically supervised weight loss programs can help you find the right balance between diet, exercise, and medical therapies for weight loss success.
In general, carbs are okay, even when you want to lose weight—you just need choose the right ones. Skip the white flour and the processed sugar and opt for healthy, whole food options instead. And, remember, all things in moderation (including carbs)!