Find out more about the truths and myths surround carbohydrates and weight loss.
Dr. Cederqiust describes why we are such a carbohydrate-rich nation, and how as we age we develop less tolerance to carbohydrates, and need lean protein and healthy fats instead to keep our bodies strong.
Carbohydrate rich-foods include fruits, vegetables, and various types of grains. Our ability to metabolize carbohydrates changes as we get older. The former food guide pyramid recommended 6-11 servings of grain each day. This was based on very good metabolic studies of 18-year-old male military recruits.
This is very important. An 18-year old male is going to have a high muscle mass, a higher level of testosterone, and he is going to be more active than most people are in any time of their life. His nutritional needs and his ability to metabolize carbohydrates in his muscle tissue is going to be dramatically different from a 55 or 65 year old woman, who never has had that amount of muscle tissue or testosterone. This is really key to understanding why the standard American diet causes weight gain.
Most of us can use carbohydrates well when we are young and active, and people who, for example, run marathons can eat carbohydrates, or even carb-load before a race. When we get older, we all develop a degree of insulin resistance, which does not allow us to tolerate that same kind of carbohydrate intake without gaining weight.
This doesn’t mean a no-carb diet. It just means we need to watch the amount of carbohydrates you do take in on a daily basis, and also to make sure you correct the underlying problem of insulin resistance.