Carbohydrates continued: Low carb diet and health

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2014-11-23 17:31:41 -0600
Started 2014-11-21 15:18:33 -0600

Your body will use carbohydrate from sugar in the blood for energy first. Then it will use fat and protein last. The American Diabetes Association uses that fact as justification for recommending 6 to 11 servings of carbohydrate in the diabetic diet each day. Will you lack energy if you eat a low carbohydrate diet? That is a diet that has little or no grain, but gets carbohydrate from vegetables and fruit. You will not lack energy at all. Your body learns to burn fat for fuel if it runs out of carbohydrates (blood sugar). If you deny your body carbohydrates from grain sources, as your body runs out of carbohydrates from fruit and vegetables (and it will) it will burn body fat. When you want to lose weight, it is fat you want to burn. Your body can burn fat just as well as sugar from the blood for energy. When you lose weight you will have more energy than when you ate carbs from grain.. The secret to weight loss and maintenance is not low fat or fat free foods, but low in grain based carbohydrates. The same is true for exercise and weight loss. Many people exercise and do not lose weight because they feed their body too much carbohydrate and they never burn fat for energy. Fat in the diet makes you feel full, carbohydrates from grain make you hungry. Rosalie Misco

3 replies

Type1Lou 2014-11-23 17:31:41 -0600 Report

Hi Rose! I have been following a relatively low-carb diet for over 10 years. I don't count calories nor do I pay attention to the fats I consume; I just limit my carbs to 120 grams per day. My weight ranges between 120 and 125 lbs and my triglycerides have always been in the 50's. Most times, the low fat versions of foods have more carbohydrates in them than the full-fat versions.

haoleboy 2014-11-21 16:41:01 -0600 Report

I think a lot of people struggle (and eventually fail) on low carb diets because they do not increase their consumption of healthy fats … sticking to the false belief that fats are bad for you.


RosalieM 2014-11-21 17:31:12 -0600 Report

You have got that right. The other instruction from the ADA and the American Heart Association is cut the fat, cut the fat in everything. You don't have to go out of your to eat lots of fat, just don't avoid it where it occurs naturally. It will keep you from being hungry.
Artery clogging trigylicerides ( can't remember how to spell) come from carbohydrates. Diabetics often have a very high levels of trygs cut the grain based carbs and the levels drop. The normal is 150 or less, mine are 59. Steve you should teach a class, you really know your stuff.
Grandma Rose