Thursday, March 19, 2015

What's Up with Potatoes? Don't They Make Us Fat?

I don't know about you, but I used to be apprehensive about eating a potato. Or more than 1/2 cup of brown rice or any other unrefined complex carbohydrate (UCC) per day. I thought that too much of that "stuff" would make me pack on the pounds.

Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.

But it seems like a lot of people are really confused about this. I'm really not joking when I say"If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, 'Aren't carbohydrates bad?' I'd be a very rich woman."

And it's actually starting to really piss me off. I'm pissed off about the fact that UCCs have been lumped in with flours and sugars (refined carbohydrates or RCs).

But why do I even care?

I care because I limited or avoided UCCs for so long thinking that they were causing my weight gain.

I care because when I started eating potatoes and other UCCs daily and in nice quantities again, I started and continued to lose weight.

I care because when I eat a potato, it is so clear to me that they are possibly the most satiating food on the planet, and that you don't need to eat a lot of calories of potato to have this satiating effect.

I care because people believe that eating a steak or a chicken breast is healthy and that eating a potato is unhealthy.

I care because it was only when I began eating UCC that my cravings for RCs stopped.

So if you have been limiting or even totally avoiding "carbs" because you believe they are "bad," and you don't believe me, please watch this video. Chef AJ has a way of explaining things that make them really easy to understand.

And if you have been walking around saying things like, "I thought carbs are bad," please stop. The potatoes and rice might just sue you for libel.

Missed AJ's Secret to Weight Loss Tip #1? Catch it here!

Missed AJ's Secret to Weight Loss Tip #2? Catch it here!

Have you ever been caught in the carb trap? Are you avoiding UCCs because you are lumping them together with RCs?

Have you been eating UCCs and either lost weight or maintained a healthy weight, evidencing that UCCs are NOT the enemy? Or do you just think I'm nuts?
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