Low carbohydrate diets (~130 grams carbs/day) are popular when attempting to burn off excess fat and lose weight. Carbohydrates include pasta, bread, cous-cous, potatoes, rice, cakes, cookies, and sugary foods. Eliminating all carbohydrates from our diets is not safe, especially is one works out on a regular basis.
Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose (sugar). Excess glucose is stored in the muscle and liver as glycogen or, with the help of insulin, converted into fatty acids, and stored as fat in adipose tissue.
If we don’t eat enough complex carbohydrates we may not take in enough fiber and can become constipated. Our brains need glucose! Carbohydrates supply energy.
Check with your primary care physician about an appropriate weight loss strategy for your health needs. If you are trying to lose weight, exercise portion control and keep eating whole-grain carbs along with more veggies, beans, nuts, and seeds. As always, be sure to drink at least 2 liters of water daily to stay well hydrated.