I Hate the Term “Low-Carb Diet”

I Hate the Term “Low-Carb Diet”

“When you eliminate sugary foods like ice cream, candy, chocolate, added sugar to coffee and tea, and canned fruit with syrup, your body can tap into fat burning, because the trigger for fat release is the absence of sugar.”

Dr. Eric Berg

There’s a lot of talk right now about low-carb foods and cutting carbohydrates totally out of your diet. I think what a lot of people are missing is that vegetables are carb-rich foods.

When most of us think of carb-y foods, we think of bread, pasta and cake. What we all really should be focusing on cutting out of our diets are added sugars.

Sugar is found naturally in fruits and vegetables – it’s not inherently bad for health . . . but too much can be.

I eat in a way that a lot of people would probably call “low-carb,” but carbs aren’t the real enemy.

Added Sugar Isn’t a Dietary Staple

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. There are times that someone may need a big hit of sugar, quick (Type 1 diabetics for example), so if your doctor has told you to keep juice or candies handy at all times, do that!!

As a general rule though, most people do not need added sugar in their diet. Fruits and vegetables should provide you with all the sugar you need to lead a healthy life. So, things like table sugar in coffee, cakes and processed snack foods shouldn’t be day-to-day staples.

Eat Real Food

Instead, a healthy diet should consist of: Real. Food.

Whole, real foods like meat and vegetables should be the day-to-day staples in a healthy diet. You shouldn’t need to count calories or macros when you eat like this, just like your dog doesn’t need to count calories to know when he’s full.

If it once was living and can be eaten with minimal cooking or processing, it’s probably healthy.

Pay Attention to Vinnie Tortorich

Vinnie Tortorich is the founder of the No Sugar No Grains (NSNG) movement, author of the book Fitness Confidential, host of the podcast of the same name, and producer of Fat: A Documentary.

He’s a personal trainer who knows his stuff. A quick read of the free Intro to NSNG PDF, available on his website, will show his expertise in the science behind the way the body processes sugars and grains. His recommendation is to fully cut out all added sugar, all grains, and various other “carb-y” foods.

In my opinion, though, starting out by cutting the added sugar is a huge step in the right direction.

Just Say No

Carbs in and of themselves are not the enemy, they are a necessary nutrient found in natural, whole foods. Added sugar, on the other hand, is unnecessary for most people.

Focusing on eating real food, mostly meats and vegetables is the simplest way to a healthy diet. Vinnie Tortorich has so many incredible resources available. Check out his website!

I eat in a way that a lot of people would probably call “low-carb,” but carbs aren’t the real enemy.

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