This is important information for health or weight loss. Processed carbohydrates are the major cause of weight gain, obesity, specific skin conditions, and many diet related diseases including heart disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
You should switch from a sugar-burning to a fat-burning metabolism for optimum health, for weight loss, or for treatment of diet related diseases.
When digested, all carbohydrates become sugar. If you consume a lot of carbs as well as fats and proteins, your body will burn the carbs and increase your percentage of body fat.
To reduce your percentage of body fat, we recommend, on most days, keeping your total daily carbohydrate intake to 25 grams or fewer (exept for low carb vegetables-these are unlimited!).
You should, though, have one weekly cheat day of one or two meals in which you get plenty of calories as well as carbs and fats. (Pizza is fine!)
This will prevent your body from going into starvation mode and decreasing your metabolic rate.
Processed or refined carbohydrates are such things as:
pasta (of all kinds)
flour (of all kinds)
bread (of all kinds)
all products containing wheat
all products containing corn
all products containing sugar
foods containing corn syrup
store bought cooked meats/cold cuts if they have added sugars and additives)
sausages/hot dog frankfurters if they contain carbohydrate fillers, additives, or sugar
For either health or weight loss, strictly limit all processed refined carbohydrates (apart from the occasional treat). Refined processed carbohydrates are a major cause of weight gain, obesity, food addiction, overeating, and many diet related diseases.
If you are counting carbohydrates, use low carbohydrates vegetables and fruits.
If you are insulin resistant (and many overweight people are insulin resistant without knowing it), it will seriously affect your ability to lose weight if you include foods high in carbohydrates (like the ones listed above) in your weight loss diet.
In other words, you will be attempting to lose weight but there will be little to see for your efforts. If this seems to be your situation, you should be counting carbs. You need a low carbohydrate diet and you need to eliminate, or strictly limit, your intake of processed (refined) carbohydrates.
Here is an excellent weight loss tip.
If you use pre-prepared or ready-made foods, start reading food labels.
You may be surprised at how difficult it is to eliminate sugar; it is added to many processed or pre-prepared foods.
The nutritional void that is sugar has many names such as: brown sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, granulated sugar, icing sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn sugar, invert sugar, corn sweetener, isomalt, malto dextrins, maple sugar, molasses, raw sugar, sorghum, turbinado sugar, and well as maltose, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, lactose, levulose, sucrose, dextrose, maltodextrin, malt syrup, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, and fructose.