It’s the carbs, dummy

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Delicious carbs/poison in a bowl.

Denying carbs are bad for us is like denying climate change. I’m not saying what causes climate change; it’s a fact that the planet we live upon has dealt with since it formed. That’s why we had ice ages, warmer periods, etc. However, the fact remains: carbs are bad for the human body.

Do they taste good? Heck yes! I’d argue that if you list 100 of the best tasting foods you know, at least 80 of them will contain carbs. That’s not by accident. Carbs give us quick energy, and our bodies are designed to use sugar as energy. So then, how can I say that carbs are bad for us?

Well, us humans are not in the same environment we were in when our bodies were designed. We now find ourselves surrounded by easily accessible, endless amounts of food. Our bodies no longer need to scrape every bit of energy from the food we eat, yet it does as designed. Our food is hyper-nutritious as compared to the food of even 50 years ago, and I’m not talking about vitamins and minerals: we’re talking carbs. How did this happen?

Low-fat is what’s making us fat. Crazy, right? Well, here’s why. In the 50’s, a prominent physician decried cigarette smoking (good) and fat (bad) as being the cause of heart disease. He spread his agenda that we need to cut fat out of our diet to reduce cholesterol in our blood. Unfortunately, this was completely wrong, counter to biological science, and just plain ignorant of how the human body processes sugar and fat. This, coupled with the McGovern Report in 1972 sealed our fate to becoming obese.

Food without fat in it tastes bland and horrible. Food makers know this, so they had to turn to something to make food delicious to sell more of it. What did they turn to? Sugar in all forms. Try to find a processed food without sugar in it, even the “Healthy” foods. Some of the “Heart Healthy” foods are the worst offenders, often containing more carbs than their regular counterparts.

There was a scientist who, in 1972, told us that we were getting it wrong and that it was sugar that was killing us, but he was run out of his profession and died in obscurity. Robert Lustig was his name, and I suggest reading about him. I do warn you; the article will make you mad (and it should!). If only we’d have listened.

It’s 2017. We know carbs are bad for us, yet I still see and hear people advocating a low-fat diet with no mention of carbs. When I mention that carbs are bad, I often hear, “But it’s part of a balanced diet,” or “It’s one of the food groups.” Neither of these statements are true, and actually, are very false. Painfully and ridiculously false.

Blood test results don’t lie. When I ate carbs, I had:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Rising blood pressure
  • Nerve damage in legs (due to Diabetes)
  • Circulation problems (due to Diabetes)
  • Declining vision (due to Diabetes)
  • Increased liver enzymes due to fatty liver disease

I no longer suffer from ANY of the above. None. I have had numerous blood tests that have confirmed that I am now completely back in normal ranges for every measure (and my cholesterol is actually now on the LOW side). How could that be when I eat fat with every meal and I eat red meat? BECAUSE I DON’T EAT CARBS!

It’s not a whacky flavor-of-the-month weight loss diet. The Paleo Diet is something you can do easily for the rest of your life. It does take some thinking, some preparation, and readjusting how you approach your meals, but it’s well worth it. I can’t believe how much better I feel, how much more energy I have, and how much weight I lost without exercise (over 110 lbs!) within a year. 20 months later, I’m at 166 lbs, having started at 312 lbs. I’m keeping it off easily, and while eating until I’m full at every meal.

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If you haven’t yet done so, take a look at Whole30 and the Paleo Diet. They are super-simple to follow and while it’s not easy to mentally tackle a sugar addiction, it can be done and you will feel so much better for having done so (and my live a longer, healthier life in the process).

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