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Cutting Too Many Carbs May Be Bad News

By Tom Herrin

For those who try to keep up with the latest trends, some of the ones involving diet seem to zero in on cutting carbs.  Some diets seem to attempt to shift the way the body burns nutrients by cutting carbs and forcing the body to burn fats in their place.  The idea is not bad but should not be followed just because someone else seems to be doing it.  Gaining as much knowledge on a given subject as possible before jumping into a diet may be the best way to plan well.  Knowledge is something that can be used by anyone who wants to make the most informed decisions.  

Know Which Carbs to Cut

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know about some of the carbs that do very little good.  Many of the packaged foods that are used to satisfy hunger as a quick snack can be bad.  A large number of them are full of carbs that come from sugar.  It is considered to be best to limit the consumption of these.  For women, this limit is suggested to be 100 calories per day from such foods.  For men, it has been suggested to be 150 calories.  Since many are so sweet, it is easy to have cravings for more, but it is best to exercise some good judgement and self-discipline.

Good Carbs Have Not Changed

The natural foods still provide many of the best carbs, and it is essential for the body to have a good supply of these.  They can help to act as fuel and keep the muscles working well.  Fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains all fill this need without loading people down with sugar.  When people fail to have enough of these, their body may begin to use muscle as fuel.  This can result in loss of lean muscle from the body which is never healthy.

Make Good Decisions for Health

In order to make the best decisions regarding our health, we have to have as much good information as possible.  I prefer reading labels.  It gives me a chance to compare, as well as take other information I have, and use it to formulate a good overall plan.  If I make changes to my diet, I want to know what my body needs and what I am putting into it.  The more we know, the better our decisions will be.

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

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