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"No Carb" Diets Don't Exist

Contrary to what we constantly hear these days, carbs are NOT evil and "NO Carb" diets DO NOT exist. In fact The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45-65% of your daily caloric intake. Our bodies are designed to use them as our main source of energy, protect us against disease, and help us control our weight.

Most recently Beyoncé claimed to be on a very limited diet that eliminated all carbs, which unfortunately only fueled this idea that they're unnecessary. But unless you are eating a diet that consists only of protein and water, you ARE consuming carbs within your day. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and the majority of processed items (the things you buy off the shelf in the aisles of the grocery store) all have them. 

Eliminating or significantly lowering the number of carbs you consume can negatively effect the way your body's systems operate. Your body needs the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients they provide for your organs to function properly. Instead of swearing off carbs, fill your body with the best and most nutrient-dense ones out there. Load up on as many non-starchy vegetables you can get your hands on, add a few servings of fruit, and a serving or two of whole grains to your day and you are good to go. Balance is key and allows for sustainability! 

If you are looking to lower your body fat percentage or are dealing with serious health issues, consulting with a dietitian is highly recommended. They will be able to create a meal plan that best fits your dietary needs and helps you to achieve your health and fitness goals more efficiently.

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