Coach Carol discusses low carb diets

Carbs, protein, and fat are a hot topic for sure! But let’s get back to the basics, shall we?

Carbohydrates are what our bodies are designed to run on.

Carbs:

  • give us energy
  • feed our cells
  • maintain our brain function
  • and so much more

Not eating enough carbohydrates is like putting the wrong fuel in your car every day and expecting it to run properly.

And there is mounting evidence that a diet even higher in carbohydrates and lower in fat is even better for overall health, as well as weight loss.

Keep in mind, that when I say carbs, I don’t mean potato chips and jelly beans. I mean foods like baked potatoes and black beans. Healthy carbs – like starchy vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruit.

In addition to their high nutrient content, carbohydrates are full of fiber. Most people only get half of what they need. Fiber helps us lose weight, improves our gut bacteria, eliminates toxins, reduces cancer risk and heart disease, and so on. All animal foods have zero fiber. Carbohydrates are full of fiber.

Macronutrients

Carbs, protein, and fat are the macronutrients that make up our diet. How much should you eat each day? The Canadian government recommends intake for adults of 45-65% carbohydrate, 10-35% protein, and 20-35% fat. This is based on the actual physiological needs of the human body.

What’s My Mix?

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I eat a super-high-carb, low-fat diet. I aim for around 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 10% fat. But I don’t measure or track. I just eat a mostly whole-food, high-starch diet. And I eat a lot!

If you look up the carb/protein/fat content of most of the foods that naturally grow out of the ground, you will see that Mother Nature has provided them in perfect balance for our bodies. Check it out for yourself using an app like Cronometer or any other that you like. It’s really amazing to see!

I’m 55 years old, my BMI is 19, my blood pressure is 100/70, and all of my other key health indicators such as cholesterol, blood glucose, and resting heart rate are considered excellent. I don’t say all this to boast, but rather to give you some exciting news about eating potatoes!

A Word About Low Carb Diets

Low-carb diets (therefore higher in fat and protein) are associated with a significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality. That means they shorten your life. Reduce your life span. Kill you. However you say it, the outcome is the same.

When you go on these diets, you put yourself at increased risk of all the major killers, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. And tragically, the clever marketers of these diets, products, and books aren’t about to tell you that fact. Yes, you can lose some weight in the short term (and it’s mostly water and muscle, not fat), but that’s about it.

Our Bodies Need Carbohydrates

Carbs give us energy, feed our cells, maintain our brain function. They are what the human body was designed to eat. That’s a simple, biological fact. And studies show that populations consuming the highest levels of carbohydrates live the longest.

Why would you want to eliminate the very thing your body needs to survive and thrive?

A carbohydrate-rich, plant-based diet is consistently associated with preventing and even reversing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as promoting weight loss. That sounds like a win-win to me!

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