It’s easy to feel confused by abundant conflicting health and diet news about what is and isn’t healthy. Separating fact from marketing hyperbole can be challenging. A common misconception that arose from the once-popular Atkins diet is that carbohydrates are evil contributors of unwanted pounds.
In my outline of nine healthy weight fundamentals, “avoiding simple carbs” is number six on the list.
Carbs are not inherently evil and don’t cause weight gain. They are a primary source of energy. It’s the simple carbs we need to minimize in our diets-- not carbs in general. Instead, we are best served by focusing our carb intake on complex carb sources.
Here's a simple guideline to follow: When we minimize foods in our diet that are made IN plants (i.e. processed foods) and instead focus on food made BY plants (i.e. whole foods), our bodies grow stronger and healthier. A healthy weight is easier to maintain with this approach.
Here’s a great primer on this topic including a food image slideshow from WebMD:
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach, Fitness Trainer, Weight Management Specialist