In a recent study called PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology), scientists found that increased health risks is actually a result of high-carbohydrate diets, not diets that are high in fat. Unlike the conventional nutritional guidelines, carbohydrates and their effect on the body can be harmful when consumed in excess..
In the study, scientists evaluated the effect of both fats and carbohydrates on the body with regard to cardiovascular disease and increased cases of death. It was noted that individuals who consumed more carbs in a day were at a significantly higher rate of mortality.
Why are excess carbohydrates so bad?
Carbohydrates are a type of nutrient that is used in the body to produce energy. Carbs are broken down into sugars (ultimately glucose- which circulates in our blood) and then used as fuel to power you through your day (the gas that all cells in our body uses to keep it doing what it does). If your diet consists largely of carbohydrates, especially processed foods containing simple sugars, the result will be spikes in your blood sugar and insulin levels. If this happens often, the result will be inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease. Furthermore, if you consume more carbs (sugar/glucose) then what your body needs, the excess will be stored in fat cells.What do we recommend?
Like we tell all of our patients, CUT THE CARBS! Reducing carbohydrates in the diet can result in weight loss and increased health benefits. We understand that carbs are used for energy, however most of our patients have a hard time understanding the appropriate amount to eat while continuing to lose weight and see results. Therefore we recommend that our patients follow a low-carb diet that is specifically tailored to their individual health and weight loss goals.
For more detailed information on what we recommend, download our weight loss guide here.