Myth: Carbs Make You Fat
Low-carb diets can help with weight loss as has been shown in research articles (1). As long as the carbs are kept low and protein intake is high, people lose weight.
Low-carb diets can help with weight loss, but that does not automatically mean that the inverse is true — high-carb diets do not necessarily lead to weight gain. The obesity epidemic started around 1980 but humans have been eating carbs for a very long time.
In talking about dieting, the use of the word “carb” or carbohydrate usually refers to “refined carbs” (like refined grains and sugar) which are definitely linked to weight gain. Technically speaking, “carbs” also include whole foods that are high in carbs. To differentiate, these are often referred to as “complex carbs” and are generally considered as very healthy.
Bottom Line: Low-carb diets are very effective for weight loss. However, carbs are not what causes obesity in the first place. Whole, single ingredient carb-based foods are incredibly healthy.
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