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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Don't Stress Over Carbs & Still Lose Weight

Are you confused about the role of carbohydrates in your post-Weight Loss Surgery diet? You are not alone. Of the three food nutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates) carbs confuse us the most. Even the bariatric professionals cannot agree on the role of carbohydrate in the high protein diet most commonly prescribed to patients of gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding (lap-band) and gastric sleeve.

Today's Cooking with Kaye electronic newsletter is the first of a three-part series addressing carbohydrates so that we may improve our understanding and consequently improve our successful weight management with weight loss surgery. Misunderstandings about carbohydrates contribute to stalled weight loss and weight regain. Nobody wants that. So take a look at the newsletter in your inbox or archived online here: Cooking with Kaye April 4, 2011.

Featured articles in today's Cooking with Kaye include:

Never Count Carbs Again! And still lose weight & keep it off!
A major area of concern and sometimes confusion for us after weight loss surgery is how many grams of carbohydrates should we eat in a day. Have you been perplexed over the carbohydrate question? Today in Cooking with Kaye we take a look at carbs and the role they play our diet after weight loss surgery.

It is popular in the health and nutrition fields to describe carbs as "good carbs" or "bad carbs". I prefer not to use those words because they assign a moral trait to food and food does not have moral traits. Food is food. When we remove moral assignment from the food we eat we can be smart, thoughtful, and rational with our choices. But if we assign morals to food and eat "bad carbs" then we must be bad. You know the self-blame cycle I'm talking about.

Instead of good carbs and bad carbs I prefer to use more accurate terms:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Carbs or Complex Carbs
  • Grain and Starch Carbs or Complex Carbs
  • Processed Manufactured Carbs or Simple Carbs
Go to the Newsletter online

Other Featured Articles:

  • Redefined: No More Good Carbs/Bad Carbs
  • The Cost of Complex Carbs
  • Recipes: Side Dishes
  • Carb-Loading and WLS
  • Why does broccoli make me sick after WLS?

Best Quote from the Newsletter:
The big bonus that comes from eating complex carbohydrates is not calculated in weight and measure. It is the freedom from self-loathing and moral judgment that so often accompanies our food choices. In all my work with weight loss surgery patients I have never heard someone say, "I just couldn't stop eating fresh vegetables, I was out of control, I am so angry at myself for doing that."  Not once.  The same cannot be said for our top three simple carbohydrate snacks that quickly become slider foods derailing our weight management.
Link to Newsletter

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