Yep that’s the latest news.
I heard it on the tv this morning, then on the radio at the gym (my ipod fell out of my massive ear holes), and just found the story on the internet as well. First off HATS OFF to channel nine because… well, I turned on the tv half way through the segment so I’m not sure what they were saying before this, but there was a lady (I assume to be a nutritionist) saying “there is no need to cut out carbs, you need them. The exact amount will vary depending on your age and amount of exercise, but you need them and should get them from lots of fruit and vegetables”. I could barely believe my ears, actual correct and sensible advice on a morning talk show rather than the the latest fad diet!
Anyway back to this thing about how cutting out carbs will kill you. Eh. It’s typical media sensationalism where a qualified person comes out with a statement and everyone goes nuts over it, right? Except… does it sound familiar at all? Scroll back through this blog and you’ll see comments from me predicting “in ten years from now they’re be talking about how bad the carb free fad was and how many people it screwed up”. Well, it happened a lot sooner than I expected but the point is NEVER DOUBT ME I AM ALWAYS RIGHT.
Here’s the deal though. It’s like I said in those earlier articles, go back 30 years and all of a sudden “high fat diets will kill you, stop eating eggs and go low fat!”, right? Then all of a sudden Atkins diet comes out and everyone was going “oh my god we thought it was fats but it turns out carbs will kill you! you have to go low carb because glycemic indexes!”, right? And from there you got all this other stuff… it’s not just the paleo / caveman stuff either… I can take or leave that approach because it does cut out a lot of the stuff that some people are likely to be intolerant to (but please DO NOT try to say that it is only way to lose weight and everyone needs to cut that stuff out)… but people take it to extremes with this absolute PHOBIA of carbs, where MORONS are telling people “don’t eat too many carrots they are high in carbs!” for example.
FUCKING CARROTS I SWEAR TO GOD. I lose my shit when people say the same thing about fruit but carrots? I literally can’t… even… how do you respond to such mind blowing wilful stupidity? How many fat rabbits have you seen struggling to hop around because of carrot related obesity? OOOOH I want to smash something! I need to take a break where’s the “save draft” button?
Nah it’s all good. I’m just trying to be entertaining, I’m actually in a great mood because I’m just back from training. Anyway back on topic. First it was fats, then it was carbs, now it’s… not carbs after all. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think REAL nutritionists have ever been against carbs anyway, it’s more like fad diet pedlars and PTs who for some reason think they know more about nutrition than actual nutritionists. I mean… getting a PT certification doesn’t even prepare you for putting together a decent exercise program… but apparently we know more about nutrition than the people who are qualified and specialise in the field?
If that seems a little ironic coming from me… understand that all I do is macronutrition recommendations to achieve a goal weight. I don’t do meal plans, and I certainly don’t tell people “never eat this” whether it’s a particular food or a macronutrient group in general. And micronutrition? The most I’ll ever say is “lots of fruits and vegies for your vitamin and mineral requirements, many and varied”. If you want more / better than that, you need to go and talk to an ACTUAL nutritionist or dietician.
So getting back (I do go off on some tangents, don’t I?) to this carb thing. The urban myths keep changing, and the latest research will support this or that theory. It’s all bullshit. Like I keep saying, look back to the 60s or 70s, watch some old tv shows from before there was an obesity epidemic. Are you trying to tell me those people never ate a piece of toast, or an ice cream? That was before people started thinking they needed to be low fat or carb free or whatever the latest fad is. They simply ate “about the right amount” either through intuition or because money was tighter and portion sizes were smaller.
Disregard any other nonsense that morons tell you, or scumbags push to make a buck from a new fad. You do need a varied diet consisting of carbs, fats, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
“The right amount; not too much and not too little” is all we need to be concerned with.