Carbohydrates: All You Need to Know

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  1. Amy Fiedler, MA, RD says:

    The Institute of Medicine recommends 45-65% of daily calories be from carbohydrate. The only reason to have more is if participating in very strenuous physical activity, like a triathlon (and that’s only for a short time rather than as a lifestyle). Having less carbs (under 45%) as a lifestyle would mean having too much fat or protein, which is linked to many diseases, and an imbalance of vitamins and minerals.

    Calories are calories, no matter where they come from: carbs, protein, fat, and alcohol. You don’t gain weight from eating too much carbohydrate necessarily but too much food in general.

    No food should be avoided if you enjoy it. It’s okay to have sweets once in a while. It’s not something to have everyday though. There’s no such thing as “bad” foods or “bad” carbs.

    • Alexandra says:

      Thank you!
      You’re right… There is no real “bad” or “good” when it comes to food and carbs. It would be so simple if it would… But there are foods that don’t give the consumer reasonable benefits… So “bad” is a short and easy way of saying “food you should substitute with a healthier choice!”.

  2. Linda says:

    It depends on your wihget. If you only have a few pounds to lose, like 10-15, then it’ll take longer to lose that amount than if you have over 20 pounds to lose. With the HCG drops, I’m guessing you could lose 7 pounds easy. More if you’re really strict while on the VLCD. Remember you only eat 500 calories a day, no sugar (nor fake sugars like splenda), 200 grams of meat total, 2 fruits, and 1 bread thing. If you want to lose the wihget faster, you may want to cut out the bread stick and 1 of the fruits. Honestly, I started these drops 4 days ago (2 days of Phase 1, and now I’m on my second day of Phase 2) and I just got on the scale a few minutes ago and I lost 5 pounds in 1 day! But I have quite a bit of wihget to lose so that won’t be the results for everyone. If you exercise at least 30 minutes a day also, you could lose even more than 10 pounds a week. Also, I haven’t been hungry on this diet. The drops help soo much! Good luck and have fun in N. Carolina!

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