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Are Carbs on Your List of Cuts?

By Tom Herrin

When people cut anything out of a diet, they are expecting big results.  Many Americans are accustomed to having plenty of everything.  With that may come a lack of the kind of self-control that is needed to manage a good diet.  When they choose to make real cuts, it is a pretty good challenge.  Some have gone for more severe cuts, especially with carbohydrates.  Some diets do this in an effort to force the body to burn fats for fuel after reducing many of the carbs from the diet.  While this may well work for some, carbs have an important job in overall health and some must be available for use by the body.

Cutting the Bad Carbs May Help Avoid Some Common Health Issues

With the convenience of many packaged foods today comes problems.  Many of these foods contain carbs from sugar.  These sugars may appeal to the taste buds, but they add to problems many people have today.  In order to protect health, it has been recommended that women limit their intake from these kinds of carbs to 100 calories per day and men to limit theirs to 150.  Exercising restraint in eating these foods is essential.

Good Carbs Are Always Just That

Carbs are necessary for the body to function well.  They are used for the primary source of fuel and can help to maintain healthy muscles.  These are readily available as fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains.  These are the age-old foods that many mothers told their children they needed to eat more of.  Mothers may have been wiser than many people give them credit for.  When people are lacking in these carbs, their body may begin to metabolize muscle for fuel.  Of course, this can reduce lean muscle mass.  People who suffer from starvation experience this.

Look Before You Leap

When we try to make improvements in our health through diet, we simply need to educate ourselves.  Doing so can raise our level of awareness.  Reading labels can help to accomplish that.  I like to compare the foods I eat.  If I can do this with new foods I add to my diet, I feel that I will be that much the better.  I try to be prudent and make good choices.  If I can do this regularly, I feel that I will be just a little healthier.

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

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