Perhaps that is a bit extreme, the whole dying thing.
I mean, carb counts? Is that the only things you have to worry about?
Of course not. You have to be crazy to thing that this is a miracle-working scenario.
Sure, carb counts help a bit. But the bigger picture is more than carbs being bad.
You have to look at the whole carb thing through a bigger lens than that. The spin doctors and the money-grubbing bastards out there will tell you anything just to hock another book. Let’s stir up a lot of fear about carbs, so that people are convinced that they cannot eat any of them anymore. Let’s play on Americans’ collective paranoia and their desire to latch on to whatever the newest trend is. We are collectively a bunch of suckers and these diet “gurus” know it. Here, try out this fancy carb counter for a low, low price of $79.99, they say! What a deal! That way you can actually track your carbohydrate intake, and don’t have to do the actual work that a pen and paper requires. What a waste of time that would be. Heaven forbid you eat any carbs and have energy, or a functional immune system or gastrointestinal tract. Shame on you for even insinuating that there is an alternative to low carb diets. What are you even thinking, you crazy bastard? Are you blasphemous in all facets of your life, or just this? What is your problem?
You have to be a little realistic when it comes to this kind of thing. Sure, a little carb counting is good.
But it’s not going to solve your problems altogether. You are still going to need good carbs, and exercise.
Regular exercise. Like 30 minutes a day, even if it’s moderate. That is better than nothing.
So keep those carb counts low, and temper your expectations. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Sure our society has become and continues to grow fatter and fatter. So much so that there has also been an increase in the cases of diabetes, especially in children, which is a new phenomenon all together and is directly attributed to obesity level in younger and younger age groups. But can this all be blamed on carbohydrates or is there more to it than that? Unfortunately, most of us want simple answers that we do not have to take much time to think about. And so the target has been place squarely on carbohydrates. But, this answer is far too simplistic and has actually given rise to more problems.
Yes, Virginia, There are Good Carbohydrates
Many of us got the simple answer we were looking for and rode with it by zealously following the most popular low carbohydrate diets at the time. The biggest problem here is that these diets only concentrate on losing weight quickly through sometimes extreme limitations on the intake of carbohydrates. But, as many of you know, the diets in question did not limit portion size, the amount of fat in the diet (saturated or unsaturated) or caloric intake. And the fat issue is the scariest–the advice given by the proponents of these diets resulted in many people literally gorging on things like bacon and processed meats!
The tide is now turning towards diet more focused on overall health. The fact is that we do need carbohydrates for proper body functioning, but we need to concentrate solely on good carbohydrates, and not processed and empty carbohydrates such as those found in white bread and white rice. And there will be more of a focus on eating these complex carbohydrates, or good carbohydrates, based on your own personal level of physical activity. A diet focusing on low carbohydrates is fine as long as you don’t go below 130 grams a day.
It would benefit us all to realize that there is not a quick fix for many of the more serious problems that we face, neither is the answer to our collective weight problem black or white. In order to get our health back on track, we might need a fair amount of retraining as far as our diets are concerned as well as a strong commitment to a lifestyle change altogether.