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23 Jan 2006

carbs or not
i have read about healthy eating and diets and so on. i get the idea that one must stay away from carbs. but this is contrary to what i undertand about the way the body uses energy. is it not better for weight loss to consume more carbs (breads and pastas) that meat products as the body will burn carbs more readily than meat (protein)
can u clear this up for me
thank you
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Carbs
I agree with you that our bodies need carbs for energy and that to lose weight we need to reduce our energy and fat intakes. If we keep in mind that 1g of fat provides 37 kJ (9 cal) compared to 16 kJ (4 cal) per gram of carbs and protein, then it is illogical to cut out carbs when trying to lose weight. Carbs which are unprocessed or unsifted also contain dietary fibre which 'dilutes' their energy content even further. So in my opinion it is more sensible and healthier to use a balanced, low-fat, high-fibre and high-carb diet to lose weight, than to eat a high-fat, high-protein diet.
Best regards
DietDoc
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