Currently we are in the throes of a diet craze where all carbohydrates are labeled as the enemy. While reducing the intake of certain carbohydrates, such as those that are refined and higher on the glycemic index is recommended and beneficial for weight loss, it would be unwise to paint all carbohydrates with the same brush. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar—called glucose—which is the main source of fuel that runs the body. In fact, depending on your weight loss desires, the right type of carbohydrates should comprise either 40% (see phase II – continuum weight loss phase) or 30% of your diet (see phase I – metabolic booster phase).
So why am I asking in a tongue-in-cheek manner if bananas and carrots make you fat? The reason is that many weight loss programs on the market are advocating the elimination of most or all carbohydrates from the diet to a minimum of 20g per day. Let me put into perspective just how little 20g of carbohydrates is:
• 1 serving of fruit (1/2 cup or 1 small fruit) = 10g of carbohydrate
• 1 cup of vegetables = 5g of carbohydrates
• ½ cup of beans = 20-25g of carbohydrates
• 1 whole wheat tortilla = 12g of carbohydrate
• 2 pieces of crispbread = 15g of carbohydrate
• 1 slice of bread (whole wheat) = 15g of carbohydrate