4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Follow a Low-Carb Diet (Page 2)

1. Carbs May Help You Lose Weight

All right, people, I’m shouting this from the rooftops because it’s true—carbs don’t make you gain weight! As a registered dietitian, I hear this myth about carbohydrates all the time from people asking for diet advice. Eating too much of anything—including carbs—will cause you to gain weight because you are consuming too many calories. According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Nutrition, people who regularly consumed whole grains, about 3 to 5 servings per day, were less likely to gain weight than people who rarely ate whole grains. Just be sure to keep your portion sizes in check. A serving of whole grains, like pasta or brown rice, is ½ cup (cooked) and has about 100 calories. To get your fill, make a sandwich on whole-wheat bread, use brown rice instead of white and mix it up with grains like quinoa, a gluten-free nutritional powerhouse!

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