Losing weight does not have to be a miserable experience where you cut out carbs completely in order to achieve ketosis – a state in which the body burns fats instead of carbohydrates as its main fuel source. Personal trainer and fitness expert Matt Hodges spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about why carbs are not the enemy.
Many of us will be trying to slim down this month in order to look and feel fantastic in our favourite Christmas dresses.
And there is a world of information online about how to do this, such as the ultra-popular keto diet, which involves eating less than 50g of carbohydrates per day.
But according to expert Matt, “no carbs before Marbs” is a limited idea in the weight loss school of thought.
He told Express.co.uk: “I think it’s quite widely known now that demonising carbs is old news.
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“Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient and fall in line with a healthy balanced diet alongside protein and fat.”
Indeed, The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that carbohydrates make up 45 percent to 65 percent of total daily calories.
If you’re a woman consuming around 2,000 calories (the NHS’ recommendation) per day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates – between 225 and 325 grams of carbs a day.
Matt continued: “Reducing the amount of carbs in your meals is just another way of reducing overall calories which equates to losing weight/fat.
“Now, carbs are more readily available, and more delicious than protein and fats which is why most people over-consume them.
“So logically, by reducing your carbs, you are going to lose weight. But to reduce them to zero like ketogenic dieting does, in my view, is unnecessary, and for some, unhealthy.”
Because the body is supposed to eat carbs, a no or low-carb diet might actually not be a good fit long-term.
The expert said: “More to the point, it is also quite unsustainable and will lead to further issues later down the line. The phrase might be catchy, but the philosophy has its flaws.”
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