Cutting Carbs to Eat Healthy
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
One of the best things I ever did several years ago was to reduce my overall intake of carbohydrates while increasing my proportional intake of protein and fat. While this is just one of a hundred and one things I have done to improve my health, it was one of the most important things I have done to improve my health and physical performance.
I'm writing this while having an early breakfast here in Quebec, Canada, where I'm preparing to defend my M65 UCI Masters Mountain Biking World Championship title. I'm fit, I'm thin and I am raring to go! How I'm feeling has a lot to do with how I've been eating.
Please take several minutes to read these articles by Stuff writer John McCrone, then come back to here:
While John McCrone's article is focused on Type 2 Diabetes, the general dietary principles he is describing would apply to at least 80% of the population, including children. Children nowadays tend to be fed highly processed, flavoured foods that are high in all kinds of sugar.
This article is worth reading as well: "The Big Fat Keto Diet Debate".
Carbohydrates are sugars, once digested: a common food industry ploy is to claim a food is low in sugar, although it may be high in carbohydrates. When reading food labels be aware of this attempt to mislead you.
What is constantly overlooked in this discussion about nutrition and diseases like diabetes is just how important detailed nutrient testing is for improving and maintaining health and this is as helpful for the elderly and children as it is for athletes and people struggling to manage chronic health conditions.
Keto, Atkins, Intermittent Fasting, Vegan: when it comes to health and fitness, including the management of chronic disease, some diet regimes may be better than others but there is never a "One-Size-Fits-All". The most effective nutrition programme is Personalised Nutrition that is based on accurate scientific testing,
The big breakthrough in my health was about 15 years ago when I was introduced to the Interclinical Laboratories Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. Up until then, my health and fitness was on the downhill slide. As my health slid, I more strictly followed the standard medical advice which was to cut out animal fats - eggs, meat and butter, and to increase my intake of vegetable oils low fat milk and, by default, increased carbohydrates. Doing so had no effect on my sense of health and well-being. I continued to get "old" and I sure felt that way.
The turnaround in my health will have been noted by fellow sporting competitors who have seen me steadily moving up through the open ranks despite the adding up of the years (I'm now in my 66th year). This improvement in performance is no accident and it certainly has nothing to do with genetics: it is the result of years of attention to my nutrition and a whole lot of hard work.