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The assumption has long been that any fat you eat turns into fat.  

After all, why else would it be called fat? 

But that’s not how it works – when you eat the RIGHT types of fat in the RIGHT amounts.  

No; the real enemy ISN’T fat. 

It’s THIS… 

Why carbs are so bad for you 

I’m talking about carbohydrates. 

They’re the true reason your diet plan isn’t working, and the scale isn’t moving in the right direction. 

But the harm doesn’t stop there…  

See, simple carbs are turned into sugar almost immediately in your body. That’s why they’re often referred to as “quick” energy. Simple carbs range from sugar to white rice. 

This quick influx of sugar leads to… you guessed it… high blood sugar. Your body responds by increasing levels of insulin to reduce the sugar. 

This is a normal process and it works well for a while. But the MORE your body uses insulin, the TOUGHER it gets for it to remove it.  

You start using more and more… and the result is: 

  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Obesity 
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) 

That’s just the start.  

Carbohydrates can help grow tumors… destroy your gut health… cause mood swings… and more 

You look at the list, and it seems like an obvious choice to eliminate carbs from your diet. 

 

But it’s not that easy… 

Because carbohydrates been shown to be just as addictive as hardcore drugs like cocaine and heroin!  

They work on the same pathways as these addictive drugs – the pleasure system in your brain. 

So if you’ve already tried to ditch them and failed, you’re hardly the first. But that’s all going to change if you follow this simple plan 

A diet plan that WORKS 

Before I go any further, you need to know there are “good” carbohydrates, specifically fiber. Fiber doesn’t have the same impact on your blood sugar.  

Unfortunately, many people have put all carbs in the same boat and have gone to fad diet plans, most suggesting you eat a high amount of fats and low carb.  

I’ve seen pounds lost with this method, but it’s very extreme and difficult to stick with long-term. 

That’s a large part of why I’m so big on the Paleo Diet. You get more well-rounded nutrition and it’s far easier to follow.  

The Paleo Diet, of course, stresses that you remove processed foods entirely… and bad carbohydrates along with them. 

Now, it’s easy enough to just remove processed foods from you diet. It’s as simple as not buying them at the grocery store. But that does nothing for your cravings and you might find yourself turning to whole grains. 

Whole grains are typically thought of as good. But if you’re a regular Health e-Tips reader, you already know that whole grains can spike your blood sugar, pack on the pounds, and even cause depression. 

While you’re replacing bad carbs with good carbs (fiber, primarily) from vegetables, you’ll find yourself naturally feeling full quicker… and longer.  

But you absolutely need to use these TWO tricks:  

  1. Eat a high protein, high fat breakfast like an omelet. As mentioned in a recent e-Tips newsletter, it will help you sidestep diabetes and is a much better option than oatmeal and fruit. 
  1. It’s natural to miss the sugary lusciousness of bad carbs. This is where it’s key to add healthy fats to your diet (think coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, almond butter) 

If you’re still having trouble, a recent study found it’s best to start by remove carbs from dinner first  

After dinner is usually the time when blood sugar spikes the most; by adding a satisfying fat to your dinner, you’ll enjoy your food while maintaining stable blood sugar!  

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