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Are carbs overrated?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Currently I am reading "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable"

Interesting reading.

"The real question is whether limiting carbs will adversely affect your ability to exercise. The answer is a definitive NO. When carbs are restricted to the point of inducing nutritional ketosis, the body has a remarkable capacity to transition to burning fat, even during exercise."

Phinney, Stephen; Volek, Jeff (2011-07-08). The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable (p. 38). Beyond Obesity LLC. Kindle Edition.
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  • v BLUENOSE63
    Your body needs carbs. Restricting carbs will help in weight loss but be prepared to eat that way for the rest of your life. Ketosis is the state at which your body is starving and burning calories at a rapid rate but you can only eat very limited amounts of protein, no sugar, no fat....
    1048 days ago
    Very interesting! I find that I definitely need some form of carbs before a long run because trial and error has left me exhausted when I omit them - but they need to be from sources that aren't flour based, like sweet potatoes or fruit!
    1051 days ago
  • v LIVESTRONG2010
    Thanks for sharing!
    1051 days ago
  • v ACTIVE_AT_60
    Thank you guys for all the comments. All I wanted was a conversation - and I got it
    1052 days ago
    I am able to eat my carbs and maintain my weight, even losing some over the past couple of months. I plan to keep eating them based on Spark dietary guidelines for healthy fat/protein and carbs.
    1052 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    No surprise, that...! Good to hear validation of what so many of us are finding to be the case for ourselves personally!

    1052 days ago
    1052 days ago
    One of my running group transitioned to low carb, and it took her a good six months to regain her speed and stamina.

    I'm doing The Plan, and have reduced dense carbs, though still getting lots of carbs. I'm definitely feeling it. I've lost a lot of stamina, and it's only slowly coming back.
    1053 days ago
    I tried low carbing, but it was not for me. I feel much better on a flexitarian diet with lots of fiber.

    I knew many people who lost lots of weight going low carb (including me), but then suffered serious rebound weight gain, as did I. It has got to be a forever thing, in my experience. I wasn't running then, so don't know if / how it would have affected that.

    Since I subsequently lost just as much weight eating carbs through moderate calorie restriction and exercise, I couldn't see the benefits adopting such a restrictive diet for a life time. And to be honest, pretty much knew I couldn't do it.

    I've maintained my scale weight for four years now but have actually reduced my body fat percentage during that period period from 27% to 19%, eating relatively high carb plus ST and lots of running.
    1053 days ago
    The Mr. pretty much cut all carbs out and posted some staggering weight loss.... I have reduced my carb intake since we eat together and I haven't noticed a difference in my running performance. I hopped on the scale this AM and I have lost a pound - I don't really need to lose weight, so that was kind of nice!
    1053 days ago
    Thank you! I am doing the 17DD and the first 17 days your carbs are so restricted. I lost quickly.

    I watched Mosely from Britian last night when I couldn't sleep from my knee replacement and was icing the knee, he found that a 5 day regular diet and 2 day 500 calorie diet is good for the blood, brain and limits your risk of cancer. What do you think about this and have you heard of this 5 day regular eating and 2 days limited to one meal of 500 calories for women who are active?

    I have a caring bridge website that you read my updates by typing in Cyndi Hornbostel. I am hoping to be walking in the JASR next year. Cheer me on!!!
    1053 days ago
  • v CARRIE1948
    What is the carb limit they're talking about. I haven't eaten starchy carbs in years and limit mine to fruits and veggies like broccoli.
    1053 days ago
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