The Carbohydrate Controversy

The controversy of carbohydrates, ask any health professional and you will get a different answer (opinion) on if the do or do not assist health or fat loss.
Yes, here at Collective Fitness we certainly advocate for the low carbohydrate way of eating, which at its core is:
1. Removing processed and refined foods from your diet.
2. Not fearing natural fats, especially saturated sources. Removing processed/man-made fats and seed oils.
3. Consuming a variety of seasonal, whole foods.
The low carbohydrate lifestyle looks different for everyone.

I would like to take an opportunity to explain my position on carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are not bad. In fact, the majority of  my meals are carbohydrates. You see, vegetables are carbohydrates & if you look closely, the majority of most of my meals are….vegetables!Veggies

This is where black & white thinking is so flawed. We cannot talk about all carbs in the same way. Cabbage is a vegetable. Vegetables are carbohydrates. Therefore, cabbage would be classified a carbohydrate.

There are only 3 macro-nutrients (excluding alcohol): fat, carbohydrate and protein. Cabbage is not a fat. Cabbage is not a protein. It is a carbohydrate.

Pasta is also a carbohydrate. We cannot act like pasta and cabbage are the same thing. They are not. Just like Margarine & avocado are not the same thing. Both fat, yes, but not the same. Are you with me?Carbs1

When we look at carbohydrates, we have to consider the water content, the fibre content, the sugar content and the starch content. (Starch, BTW, is a chain of sugar).

Cabbage delivers and elicits a very different hormonal response than pasta does.

I can eat equal grams of cabbage & pasta and my blood sugar & insulin will respond very differently.

Is my diet low carb? That’s relative. “High” and “low” are relative to something else. What something else? Whatever you pick. My diet is probably high carb compared to most ketogenic diets. It’s probably low carb compared to the Standard Australian Diet. None of that matters.

What matters is what works for me. What matters is what works for you.

I’m not fighting against anyone’s ideology, nor am I selling you my ideology. I’m helping you establish your own.

Here’s to everyone who is open to seeing it, and to patience and understanding with those who aren’t yet.

I will never, ever fight someone about this stuff. That’s not why I am here. I think the world needs more respect & understanding, not less. I think the world needs more “do what works for you” and less “who’s right & who’s wrong”. We don’t have to agree. You don’t have to like what I have to say. That’s the beautiful thing – if you don’t, there are tons of other blogs to read.

I don’t shop at stores where I don’t like the clothes. I don’t walk around in them to complain about how ugly they are. I just go somewhere else. Seems logical.

Find out more about our low carb lifestyle approach HERE

Claire x



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