We hear every day that sugars and carbohydrates are not good for us, that they make us put on weight if we have an excess amount of these. There is a bit of truth and non-truth here, let me explain this a little.
There are 3 types of carbohydrates – sugar, starch and fibre – and they are all made of sugar molecules. However, sugar also refers to as a type of carbohydrate called Simple Carbohydrate, which contains just one or two molecules of sugar. The Complex carbohydrates – starch and fibre – consist of many more molecules of sugar.
Simple carbohydrates are the minimal expression in which the body can absorb carbohydrates (they have a simple molecular structure and are made up of 1-2 sugar molecules) and they are absorbed very quickly by the system producing sugar peaks in the blood. The body then has to make a big effort to remove most of that sugar in the blood as a high concentration can be life-threatening. This will initially result in fat/weight gain...
Have you heard about the ketogenic diet?
This diet was, and still is very used for people with epilepsy, being an alternative and non-drug treatment for it. It was observed that those people who did the diet, also lost weight. So, since 1960, this diet has been used for obesity and weight loss treatment.
This style of the diet is characterized by a very low amount of carbohydrates (usually less than 20g/day), medium amount of proteins and high amount of fat, being in average divided as follow: less then 10% of total energy from carbs, 15-20% from proteins and 70% or more from fat.
The weight loss happens because the body needs to find an alternative source of energy since it doesn’t have the energy from carbs. So, the central nervous system finds the energy that it needs from ketones –...
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