What about discussing diets and overall health? Med. and Asian diets have been much higher in carbs and fat and their lifespan has usually been longer and their waistlines thinner. Why is everyone afraid of a carb? Because we here in America only know the carb as a candy bar and a soda.
Low carb diets are bogus in my opinion. They lead to much bigger rebound weight/fat gain and are not as apt to be carried out for a lifetime. Moderation and education are they key. Not deprivation.
Everyone loves them though because of the quick initial results. Once again, typical American response. Cutting the wrong carbs is essential for ultimate health, but eating a potato, oatmeal, any fruit or vegetable is not only healthful, in my mind it is ‘essential.’
Just as a datapoint - I was fat all my life, not the way kids are now, but always on the fat end of the spectrum for my age group. I’d do low fat diets and exercise fanatically, be constantly hungry and unable to think of anything but when my next meal, of rice cake and chicken breast would be, be unable to maintain it and rebound fatter. I finally came to the conclusion diets didn’t work, because no matter what I did, I couldn’t maintain a weight loss.
When there was the resurgence of interest in Atkins I tried it out - mostly to prove to myself that it didn’t really work and the hype was just that. I ate tons of low carb veggies and moderate amounts of the lower carb fruits, adequate protein (although not as much as I eat now) and fat for the rest of my calories. After 2 months of eating that way, I realized this is the way I need to eat for the rest of my life. Not only did I lose weight, but I wasn’t sleepy in the afternoons, I had energy, I didn’t have gas, and my rosacea got better. I’ve tried adding carbier foods in, but it inevitably, for me, leads to carb creep and I go back to cutting them out.
I’ve had no problem sticking to low carb for the 5 years since. I love the way I eat and I feel sorry for the people who feel like they can’t have butter or steak. I’m not as thin as I’d like to be, but I think I definitely qualify as a trained up chubby chick (senior division), I’d rate my health as excellent (and my doctor agrees) and my brain hasn’t shrivelled up from the diminished stream of carbs.
I honestly think it’s a variable thing -some people just respond better to different ways of eating.
The point being–you are eating carbs. And it seems like a steady stream of them. So, it seems like you want to disagree with me, yet you back up my point.?
And when you ‘carb creeped??’ did you just add carbs and forget to back off butter or steak, because quite obviously if you do nothing else besides add calories, it will impact your weight.