Especially if you are recovering from an eating disorder.
I am getting sick and tired of magazines advertising a low-carb or non-carb diet. Your body needs carbs to go on. You need carbs to survive.
I am in no way a nutritionist or an expert on the subject but I can tell you this. The day I started seeing carbs as my enemy was the day my eating disorder began.
Like many of you out there, I struggled to lose weight, so I reduced my calorie intake way too much in order to loose weight and exercised like crazy. Sure, if you suddenly stop eating carbs, you will lose weight, but it will mainly be water-weight.
My experience is the proof that in the long term, you will gain the weight back on, your energy level will drop and your workouts and ability to focus will suffer. I was constantly hungry, I was moody and I was binge drinking diet sodas in order to control my hunger.
In my opinion and personal experience, people tend to go on those kind of diet to lose weight fast. The same can be said of people going vegan or vegetarian purely for dietary reasons. If you are going to go back to the way you were eating before, don’t waste your time doing a paleo or low-carb diet.
Whatever benefits you’ve gained will be lost as soon as you start introducing carbs in your diet again after 6 months of only eating protein, vegetables and fruits.
I do think that it is good to cut out refined and processed food, meat, unnatural sugar and to reduce the amount of carbs and diary you eat if you tend to binge on it.
But carbs are definitely not the enemy. If you are afraid of carbs, try to eat whole grain products. Whole grain carbohydrates are more filling, nutritious, and sustaining than their refined counterparts.
I am a walking talking living breathing example that carbs do not make you fat. My diet is full of vegetables, nuts, pasta, bread, fruits and homemade cakes and when I am hungry, I eat. I workout three times a week and let myself enjoy food.
I eat oatmeal in the morning, I eat wholewheat bread with peanut butter for snacks and often have brown rice with my vegetables. And I have never been healthier.
I do believe that It is all about balancing your meals. You will not lose weight if you only eat carbs, but you will if you include carbs with your diet along with vegetables and other healthy sources of food. Most importantly, cut down on excess of sugar. I’m talking sodas, sauces and candies.
It is important to remember that food is not the enemy. Again, I am not a dietitian but if you want to lose weight, do it the right way.
A skinny figure is not worth years of therapy (trust me I know).