Monday, March 19, 2012

Cutting Carbs to Lose Weight? Here's What You Need to Know

Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for our bodies. Most often, when people are trying to lose weight, the first foods that get nixed are those which provide carbohydrates. For that reason, the topic of today's myth is all about our favourite, feel-good nutrients, carbohydrates and their relationship to weight loss.

MYTH 2: Avoid carbs if you want to lose weight.

THE TRUTH: Cutting carbohydrates (carbs) might help you lose weight in the short term,but it’s mostly because you are eating less food and fewer calories. Drastically cutting carbs means you’ll miss out on the nutritional benefits of healthy choices like whole grains, fruit, starchy vegetables, and legumes. Because so many foods are off-limits, it can be tough to stick with low-carb diets for very long. The best weight-loss plan is one you can stick with. To lose weight and keep it off, exercise regularly and use Canada’s Food Guide to plan a balanced diet with good food choices in the right amounts for you.

For more information, visit:
• http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/FactSheets/Weight-Loss-and-Control/Should-I-try-a-low-carb-diet.aspx
• http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/myguide-monguide/index-eng.php#mfg

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