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Binging on Information, Not Food

by April on March 22, 2012

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I have not posted for awhile, but I can’t say it isn’t because I haven’t been doing anything. I went to our public library to check out some books on eating healthy. At the same time, I also checked out recipe books, and books on specific healthy foods. I have been on a quest to cover many of the well-known foods and their benefits, or foods that I feel we should be eating to lead a healthy and energetic life. Wow, I have been completely blown away by some of the (not) new things I have learned.

So much of my life has been consumed with trying to learn the best way to stay fit, get lean, feel good, have more energy, and lead an overall healthy life. My reasons are very similar to yours, although I do believe that others’ goals vary, as do their ability to gain and lose fat.

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Anyway, I would like to get to my point: Among the books I picked up was Gary Taubes Why We Get Fat. I encourage you to do the same. It is not just about going “low carb”, and it is not a diet book, but if you want information as to why as a society we are so fat, this book goes a very long ways to explain it.

After reading it, I went directly to Taubes’ website and read over it for awhile and from there I was led to Peter Attia’s (an MD) blog. I encourage you to visit these sites as well.

So why am I “blown” away? Because I have heard about “low carb” or “no carb” diets and have assumed that overall they are fad diets, cannot be maintained, and overall are not a healthy approach to weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Now let me tell you that I have watched my starches and sugars quite a bit over the last couple of years mainly because the nutritional value of breads, pastas, and rice are pretty low plus I do think I am sensitive to the blood sugar spikes that happen when I do eat them. With that being said, I never considered going really low carb (less than 50g of carbs per day).

I have so much I want to write about now on this site, but for now I would love to hear any comments from people who have tried to go low carb either with or without success. Why did you decide to do it and how you did it?

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