Many of the latest fad diets involve high-protein, low-carbs. They are all the rage. The primary issue with carbohydrate reduction is the inherent lack of fiber. And Americans already consume far less than the recommended guidelines for fiber. Fiber is essential for a healthy diet. Here is a thorough discussion of how and why we should increase fiber intake.
Many who seek fat loss too often rely on exercise and nutrition advice from their body-building brother-in-law. But body builders, especially competitive body builders, design their routines to bulk up. Which is not the goal of most people. And common mantra of weight lifters is “high-protein/low-carb” dieting. But the body needs carbohydrates for energy. Check out this article from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Diets, especially those bearing labels and names, so often are little more than fads and gimmicks. How about we just eat well and responsibly? It is far less complicated than fancy diets.
We need carbohydrates in our daily nutrition plan. But not all carbs are created equally. Added sugars, like table sugar and sugary beverages, contribute nothing to our bodies except dreaded weight gain and body fat. In fact, they are quite harmful to our health. Current nutrition guidelines recommend no more than 10% of our calorie intake to come from added sugars. But that is high. We should strive for less added sugars. Much less.