Fat is bad, carbs are good.
No wait, fat is good, carbs are bad.
No wait again, carbs might be OK?
It’s hard to know what to believe when it comes to what you should use as fuel in you body, though recent trends have leaned toward the idea that fat doesn’t make you fat, and that carbs should be avoided.
A recent highly controlled study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2017/02/07/ajcn.116.139683) though, says carbs are good, or at least WHOLE GRAINS are good (especially when compared to refined grains). If you have eliminated all grains from your diet, you might want to check this one out.
In short, the study found those who ate whole grains burned calories better than those who ate refined grains, and their glucose tolerance was better, too.
In a story published in the Toronto Sun (http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/21/stop-avoiding-carbs-whole-grains-are-good-for-you), professor of nutrition at the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University Susan B. Roberts said this: “I think the anti-carb hype has gone too far for a healthy society…We should remember that whole grains in the diet are associated with lower cancer rates, so they’re good for long-term health.”
Registered Dietician Jennifier Broxterman, owner of Nutrition RX (www.nutritionrx.ca) agrees. In fact, she says for those who workout a lot, whole grains have a ton of benefits. These benefits include an increase in the antioxidant level of a diet, which is important for health.
She considers whole grains as “premium carbs” and should be included in the diet, along with things like oats, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, bulgar and barley.
“Don’t eat like the overweight person at your gym trying to lose weight. Don’t be afraid to eat good carbs, like whole grains,” she said.
So if fat is in and carbs are back in, then what’s out?
In fact, I would argue sugar is one substance almost all supposed nutrition experts agree isn’t helping anyone. Whether a person is an avid carnivore, whether they follow a low-carb or even no-carb diet, or whether they’re a vegetarian or even a vegan, there isn’t a single diet out there saying sugar is good.
Here’s some anecdotal, yet powerful evidence:
Caitlin Beaupre was at a loss as to why she wasn’t losing weight.
She was eating cleanly, working out a lot, and even hired a naturopath, who put her through a food sensitivities tests that told her to eliminate eggs, dairy, gluten—you name it.
Beaupre obliged, and for a number of months, her diet consisted of meat, fish, vegetables, healthy fats, fruit and dried fruit. She was told some honey, coconut sugar and maple sugar were OK here and there, so she enjoyed a tea with honey when the opportunity arose.
Still, though, no weight loss.
After some time, Beaupre grew frustrated and started re-introducing things back into her diet: First eggs, then dairy until she found her weight started to climb in the wrong direction. In December, 2014, the five-foot-eight Beaupre hit 210 lb.
“I never wanted to hit 200 lb., let alone surpass it,” she said.
Feeling discouraged, but at the same time ready to pull up her socks, she decided to completely eliminate what she loved the most—SUGAR of all kinds. Even natural sugar.
This meant no more fruit, no more dried fruit, no more honey, no more coconut sugar and no more traces of maple syrup. The only sugar she allowed herself was the natural sugar in dates. And not every day.
All of a sudden, pounds started falling off her 210 lb. frame. In just two months, she had lost 20 lb. And after nine months of virtually no sugar, Beaupre dropped to 167 lb.
“I”m just two pounds away from my goal weight,” she said with a smile, feeling better than she has in months.
As always, trial and error and listening to cravings will tell you what your body needs, but if you’re feeling like your body isn’t happy our you’re not losing weight, maybe try adding or switching to whole gains. And eliminating sugar!