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Fitness Myths Explained: Carbohydrates are the enemy, if I avoid them completely I will lose weight.

By March 8, 2010 October 20th, 2011 No Comments

This one is false. Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of fuel, and we are designed to eat and digest them. Where the problems happen is that most of the carbohydrates in the supermarket are highly processed and have lots of bad things added to them, like hydrogenated fats, sugar, salt, e numbers and stabilisers. These carbohydrates will most likely make you fat, as they are hard for the body to process and contain fat and sugar, so have lots of calories even in a small amount. Unrefined carbohydrates, however, are very very good for us, providing not just fuel but also micro nutrients, vitamins, fibre and roughage. These are things like vegetables, fruit, and grains that have not been processed. Denying the body carbs, and having only protein can lead to weight loss, but there can be problems with the kidneys, a real lack of practical things to eat and also you will be missing out on many vitamins and minerals that are essential to a healthy body and mind. Also, if you eat too much of anything, be it steak or potatoes, it will make you fat, whether it’s carbohydrate or not. Remember that your size and weight are a simple equation, energy in vs energy out. If input is more than output you will be fat!! The key is to be as natural as possible, avoid anything with flour (processed carbohydrate) and sugar (processed carbohydrate), have a good balance of food groups, eat small amounts often and exercise then success will be yours. There is lots of further information on this on our nutrition fact sheet on the knowledge page. Good luck, and remember that if you are struggling a bit on your own, a personal trainer from Diets Don’t Work could really help kick start you, all block bookings of 6 or more personal training sessions include nutritional profiling and help, as well as structured tailor made exercise programmes.

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