Yeah,fruits and vegetables are essential carbohydrates.
And carbohydrates are essential to life.Just because most people sit on their fat asses and watch tv all day long and eat a bunch of sugar and/or carbs doesn’t mean carbs are bad.
If you’re an active person you need carbs.
If I don’t eat enough carbs,I start to get brain fog,can’t sleep,and my workouts suck(lack of energy).
How is that not essential?
I’d like to see any body builder try to gain strength on a very low or 0 carbohydrate diet.
It’s a big bowl of fat and sugar mixed. You might was well just toss a cup of cooking oil and a couple pop-tarts in a blender.
Unless you are speaking of fish oil or flax seed oil, dietary fat should be controlled. ALL dietary fat provides a lot of empty calories.
I disagree with the latter paragraph. Controlled is a relative term no doubt, but to say that all dietary fat provides a lot of empty calories is bull.
Fats are essential to life and proper health. There are essential fats, essential amino acids, but no essential carbohydrates. The only things you NEED from carbs are the minerals and vitamins from fruits and veggies, and some fiber. Sugar and all that crap should go out the window before olive oil and healthy fats.
Firstly, you are stating anecdotal evidence to back up your point. I never said that everyone needs to be on a low carb diet. I said they are not essential, as in, to life. Plenty of people on the Anabolic Diet gain muscle and do not have foggy energy. Unless I’m cheating, I don’t eat more than 150 grams of carbs on most training days because of how I respond to them. Me, personally. And I’ve still made size and strength gains.
And once again, I was referring to what is “essential” vs. “optimal.” Optimally, you would get enough carbohydrate to provide sufficient energy and at the right times to promote muscle recovery. But, you will not DIE on an extreme low carb diet, permitting that you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need. YOU WILL develop disease amd your health will suffer on a non existant protein or fat diet.