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Have You Tried to Cut Carbs?

By Tom Herrin

There is currently quite a bit of information about ways to manage weight by cutting carbohydrates.  Some of the programs are pretty extreme while others are relatively moderate.  There may be merit in each, particularly in relation to what a person is trying to accomplish.  For those who undertake such a change in their eating habits, it is good for them to understand what their goals are and what the role of each of the major nutrients is.  Understanding them can help each individual to make a more informed decision.  Learning more about the need for each in the body is a good start.

When Carbs Are Bad

Anything can be overdone or poorly used.  Carbs are very much that way.  It is important that people avoid consuming too many carbs from sugars.  They are difficult for the body to use when there is an overload.  One recommendation is that women limit carbs from sugars to 100 calories per day and that men limit their intake to not more than 150.  It is unfortunate that so many foods containing these are so readily available, but the truth is that a large majority of packaged foods that are ready-to-eat contain large amounts of carbs from sugar.  Without a good plan and some self-discipline, it is easy to consume too much and end up with trouble.

The Right Purpose of Carbs

The body requires carbs, proteins, and fats.  There needs to be a good balance of these.  Carbs are necessary to keep the muscles in good shape.  When they are in too little supply, the body may use muscle as an energy source, thus depleting the muscles in the body.  This loss of lean mass can be serious to health.  Choosing healthy carbs can add to good health.  Some of the best choices are to eat more fruits, vegetables, and good grains.

Plan Ahead With a Purpose

We all need to make our own individual plan for our optimal health.  Deciding what we need is an important first step.  Each of us will do well to count our carbs and avoid excessive amounts.  Deciding what we need and how will help us to determine our best course of action.  Managing weight and/or diabetes may make it necessary that we make the best decision possible regarding what carbs to take in and how much.  We just don't want to forget their role in the healthiest diet for us as an individual.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newnan, Ga.

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