Remember when eating carbs was a no-no for people trying to lose weight? Well, there’s new evidence that advice is just plain wrong. According to a study of 4,451 healthy Canadians, those whose diets contained the most carbohydrates had the lowest risk of being overweight or obese.
For the past decade, the debate over the best diet to maintain a healthy weight has been centred around carbohydrates. Thousand of people followed Robert Atkins and his high-protein,
low-carbohydrate plan which, over the short term, produces greater weight-loss results than a diet high in carbohydrates.
But studies have determined there’s no difference between the diets and amount of weight lost after one year.
This study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that dieters who consumed the most carbohydrates had a 40 per cent lower risk of being overweight or obese. They ate less calories, protein, and fat than the lower carbohydrate eaters. They also consumed almost double the fibre and more fruits and vegetables that those with the lowest carbohydrate intake.
However, not all carbs are good for you. Nutritionists advise staying away from sweets, white bread, refined breakfast cereals, cereal bars and sugar.