Dieting these days seems to be focusing on one thing: carbohydrates. From Atkins to Keto, cutting off carbohydrates or eliminating them entirely is often touted as the best and fastest way to lose weight, drop fat and feel better.
But this is not exactly true, says Rachel Zimmerman, RD, a Registered Dietitian at Indiana University Hospital at IU Health. "Carbohydrates have gained such a bad reputation lately with all low carb diets, but carbohydrates are an important part of our daily nutritional intake, they are what our brains work," she says. support it. When it comes to losing weight, it can act less to limit a certain food group and more to find a way to eat that you like and can support, according to a study published in New England Journal of Medicine . The researchers divided the participants into four groups and assigned each group a diet with varying amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates. After six months, all groups had lost the same weight, as they ate one-third of their calories in carbohydrates or two-thirds. Results were maintained even after two years, with all groups showing similar rates of weight loss maintenance.
A separate study, also published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that participants with low-carb plans lost more weight in the beginning than those on more-carb plans, after a year, he had equalized everything. Weight loss, it seems, is more about creating a caloric deficit, and yet you want to do that well, as long as you can stick to that.
Everything is fine in the lab, but in the real world, how do you find a way to limit your calories that are not totally zero? We asked five women in love with carbohydrates how they lost weight while enjoying their favorite starches.
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