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<a href="http://www.lanimuelrath.com/weight-loss/how-to-break-out-of-carbophobia-cut-carb-cravings-and-derail-your-jones-for-junkfood/" target="_blank">http://www.lanimuelrath.com/weight-l...-for-junkfood/</a><br><br>
she discusses the old ingrained fears with why we really do crave carbs and how fat hinders insulin from moving sugars into muscle tissue.....
 

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Many people don't feed into the anti-carb hype, e. g. McDougall and Barnard. I don't know why low-carb has become so popular. Maybe because heavy meat-eaters love it.
 

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I thankfully never feared carbs...... being a distance runner/boxer makes that kind of hard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Exactly, I don't know any endurance athletes who are carbophobes. Some might choose more wisely than others re: nutrients, fiber, moisture, etc. in their carbs, but that's beside the point! Yay carbs! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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The only carbs that hurt me are from beer and my veg diet is still helping me lose weight. brown rice seems to be a great carb resource.
 

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I've always seen myself as being somewhere in the middle of this debate :/ I've never really been a carbo-phobe. I always ate fruit and coarse grains fairly regularly. I did, however, have an extremely high fat diet. This was not because of an intent to be "low carb," it was simply the most efficient way to get calories quickly in the midst of a lifestyle where I needed to expend lots of energy and had very little free time. That fat, by the way, did not come from junk food. Though I am not a carbo-phobe, I am definitely a sugar-phobe (and when I say sugar I am also referring to hfcs, honey, agave nectar, etc.). Yes, I still have sweets from time to time (maybe once per weekend), but that is my only source of sugar. I haven't had a soda in over 10 years, I buy only unsweetened soy milk, and aside from those specific occasions, there is no such thing as dessert at the end of a meal for me. And even when consuming a diet as high as 70% fat calories for sustained periods of time, I never had any problem with weight or energy output, and I was indeed outputting a LOT of energy. So given my own personal experiences, I've always been a bit skeptical of both sides of the debate.<br><br>
Based on a number of factors, such as my decreasing need for a ridiculously high energy output as I get out of the military, a previous debate on this forum in regards to heart disease (and my recent realization that I might actually live long enough for heart disease to be a concern), and the fact that my girlfriend is a nutritionist who thinks I am nuts for consuming so much fat, I did end up deciding to significantly decrease my fat intake. Everything is going well, though to be honest the most annoying part of my new diet is the sheer amount of food I have to eat. In order to keep my fat intake at 20% to 30%, I swear I feel like I spend half my day eating. I suppose the fact that you can eat more (volume) may be a plus for most people, but for me it is an inconvenience, and something that will take me a while to get used to. The only time I really like sitting down for a meal is when I'm cooking with my girlfriend. Other than that, I'd rather just have a 3 minute meal and get back to work. But... I am determined to try and be <i>normal</i> from now on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm so proud of you.....hmmmm....you never did mention that your GF was a nutritionist, and we were backing up what she was saying all along, huh???? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
I'm very glad to hear of your changes<br><br>
There are enough newbies that pop into here that talk about carbs and especially diabetics who fear carbs, because that's the issue that omni RDs still discuss.....I just read something on that too recently....I swear I need a photographic memory-it would help so much!<br><br>
And they glycemic index is a farce too.....too many good healthy carb foods would be missed if following the GI diet exclusively!
 

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Well kind of. The topic didn't come up until very recently. She is an international auditor and our first two years of dating consisted of trying to arrange our schedules so we would end up in the same country at the same time. On such occasions, nutrition was the last thing on our minds. We just moved in together so it was only within the last couple months that she witnessed my bizarre eating habits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> The topic first came up when I mentioned that my brother in law had lost a huge amount of weight on a ketogenic diet.
 

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I am in the midddle of the road with carbs, too. I like carbs, but I don't like to have two of the same kind of carb twice in a day. So, if I have toast with breakfast or a bagel, I don't want to have pasta with dinner or a sandwich at lunch. I like to change things up. I usually have oats in the morning or wheat, then potatos (chips) or wheat (if not in breakfast) at lunch, and rice with dinner.
 

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I understand that.....I still don't eat a lot of bread. LOVE my green smoothies for bkft, but if I were to have toast, that's the only bread I'd have for the day. would rather stick to beans/legumes/veggies than bread.<br><br>
As much as I love homemade whole grain vegan waffles, i don't miss that heavy feeling in the am after eating them....sweet potatoes on the other hand, I could eat for two meals if I had to!
 
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