Many diets suggest cutting out or limiting carbohydrates (commonly referred to as “carbs”). In truth, your body needs carbs to function properly. Carbs help your brain and nervous system processes, improving memory and learning ability, and also help provide the fuel your body needs on a daily basis.
Additionally, eating a diet high in protein also could be increasing your fat and cholesterol intake, which could be dangerous. It’s likely that when eliminating carbs you may lose weight initially, but eventually, your weight may plateau.
When watching your carb intake, you may want to instead focus on eating “healthy” carbs, like portion-controlled milk, yogurt, fruit, juice, oats, cereals, beans, and corn. Those foods provide fiber you need in your diet, and can help keep you from feeling “foggy” in your weight loss program.
Someone with insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome problems may benefit from limiting their carb intake or monitoring the types of carbs they are consuming.
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