It comes from far away the habit and practice, in contexts of weight loss, to subtract to the diet the foods rich in carbohydrates. Currently diets that eliminate rice, pasta, potatoes, bread and the like are popular, while these same diets allow a free consumption of meats, cheeses, fats among others. It is not wise.
Effectively, in practical terms, whenever we make a food restriction, whatever it may lead to a negative energy balance, we can lose weight.
No less true, whenever we restrict carbohydrates in our diet, we avoid foods such as cakes, pastries and other sweetened products and pastries, which are not only sources of sugar but also fat, whose consumption has a significant impact on the increase of Weight.
It should also be borne in mind that, losing weight is not synonymous with losing fat and, the way weight is lost is important in maintaining or not losing weight, as well as has implications for our metabolism.
Diets without carbohydrates, or with a consumption below the recommended level (with a minimum of 45-50% of the total energy) lead to loss of muscle mass and are harmful to health, as the latest scientific evidence shows.
In this way, the moderate consumption of carbohydrates, just like the choice of good carbohydrate suppliers (whole grains, unrefined grains, legumes, tubers) is beneficial to health, increases life expectancy, helps in weight / fat loss, contributing to satiety and to physical and psychological well-being.
More than dieting and conditioning our body to drastic constraints that we can never last in time, the ideal is to learn to eat, changing habits in a gradual way, so that the changes can stay for life and understand that , in a balanced diet there is room for small pleasures.
Nutritionist and teacher