A Starchy Misconception

March 19th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , ,

Continuing on the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month theme started last week T & T will feature another one of the 39 myths and truths pertaining to your weight and dieting dilusions.

Some old food myths die hard and the notion to avoid carbs has resurrected itself again and again. Let’s get this fact straight once and for all!

Myth 2 – Avoid carbs if you want to lose weight. NOT!

Truth – Cutting carbohydrates (carbs) might help you lose weight in the short term, but it’s mostly because you are eating less food and fewer calories. Drastically cutting carbs means you’ll miss out on the nutritional benefits of healthy choices like whole grains, fruit, starchy vegetables and legumes. Because so many foods are off-limits, it can be tough to stick with low-carb diets for very long. The best weight-loss plan is one you can stick with. To lose weight and keep it off, exercise regularly and use Canada’s Food Guide to plan a balanced diet with good food choices in the right amounts for you.

Our bodies need the nutrients from all of the food groups, including grain products. The key is to include a proper balance and watch your serving sizes.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met a carb I didn’t love – bread, pasta, rice, polenta, cereal, you name it and I love it!! The secret is what your serving sizes is because they can add up if you eat aimlessly.

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