Carbs are sugar are being blamed for making you fat. But are they actually responsible? Some people claim that you can even become addicted to sugar. So many people are concerned about losing weight and preventing disease and blame carbs and sugar for making you gain weight and trying not to eat any of them. That's why it's important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to weight issues.
The Effect of Eating Carbs
A recent study by nutritional researcher, Kevin Hall who works at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, where he runs the Integrative Physiology section has found real evidence to dispute the claims that eating carbs are making people gain weight. In fact, he's found in two rigorous scientific studies contrary to many predictions, that a diet that reduced carb consumption actually seemed to slow the rate of body fat loss and increased the loss of lean body mass!
Carbs Vs. Starches
Vegetables are carbs. Grains are carbs. But it unless you study exactly what KETO and PALEO diets are telling you, you may be skipping an entire food group that you need for health! With these diet plans they insist that eating carbs and sugar are making you gain weight. One type of food that contain both carbs and sugar are potatoes. These diet plans differentiate between kinds of potatoes! Sweet potatoes are OK according to Paleo, but not white potatoes. That would seem to be counter-intuitive because yams and sweet potatoes seem to have more sugar in them. And sugar is another enemy of these new diet plans.
That's just one of the reasons that it's hard to figure out what they want you to eat, and what to avoid.
Is Sugar Bad For You
Gurus have said that sugar is so bad for you that it can cause cancer along with making you get diabetes and gain weight. They say that eating sugar is addictive and lights up pleasure sensors in your brain. But is that the truth? They are blaming excess sugar for causing the obesity epidemic.
Look at this chart about sugar consumption and you will see that their claims are false!
Processed Foods Make You Eat More
Hall believes from the research that it's ultraprocessed foods that are the culprit in people overeating and gaining weight. But he also says that "that there are different avenues to becoming obese depending on one’s genes.”
Other researchers think it's the combination of carbs and fats, sugar and salt that confuse the brain so you don't realize that you are overeating.
Do You Eat Fast Food or Junk Food?
There is no definitive answer why some people will overeat and gain weight and while others will overeat and NOT gain weight. Again, it points to some genetic or other factors the researchers are unable to determine.
Are You Like Me?
When I finally learned that dieting was causing my weight gain I stopped dieting. But I had already damaged my metabolism from decades of dieting. I haven't had a fast food meal for over 25 years (I know because that's when my kids were little). I eat mostly at home from meals that I cook from scratch. I eat mostly organic food and have vegetables and fruit during the day. And yes, I eat EVERYTHING.
That means I don't stress eat, or binge on cookies because I know I can eat one anytime. And I have a small appetite which I think is because I under-ate for so many years. I even have HYPERthyroid, which is supposed to make you lose weight quickly. And yes, I exercise. I do yoga, I play active tennis (I can really cover the court and run like crazy!) and the other days I walk my hilly neighborhood.
My weight has not budged a bit. I know this because of the way my clothes fit. And I now know many other women like me. We eat healthfully, eat everything mindfully and in moderation. Our weight has stayed the same. The good news, IMO is that I haven't gained any weight from eating everything. And I look just like my mother did at my age, although she NEVER exercised, and didn't eat organic food or filtered water! LOL
Stress and Overeating
One thing that we DO know is that stress affects your metabolism. The longer the stress lasts the more it will damage your body. Dieting is stressful for both your body and your mind. Dieting has such a low rate of success and high rate of regaining weight you lost. This condition, referred to as yo-yo dieting or weight cycling is actually more harmful for your heath than simply maintaining your weight (via stress relief) and getting fit. That means NOT like an Olympic athlete, but so you can walk 2 miles at a brisk pace without getting winded. That's no so bad! And it will be the healthiest thing you can do to extend you life- especially if you cut out the processed foods!
Bottom Line Answer To Are Carbs and Sugar Making You Fat?
NO. There are many factors that have to do with your weight. My skinny friends stuff themselves with carbs and sweets. They CAN'T GAIN weight! We ultimately do not know what makes you gain or what you can do to maintain any weight loss. But we DO KNOW that stress eating can make you gain weight - but if it's from the stress or the bingeing has not been 100% determined.
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