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High-Carbohydrate Food Pyramid vs. Low-Carb Food Pyramid
Low-Carb Diets are Unbalanced – Myth vs. Truth
MYTH – “Low-carb diets are unbalanced because you are not eating enough carbohydrates.”
TRUTH – On a low-carb diet you cut out mainly refined carbs, you only Cut the Killer Carbs (not the healthy carbs).
The truth is that modern Americans get about 60% of their calories from carbohydrates, and most of those carbs are the refined Killer Carbs. And getting 60% of your calories from carbs is not normal. And it wasn’t normal for 99% of human existence.
If you look at the USDA food pyramid, you will that the bottom of the pyramid is made up of “Breads and Cereals.” In fact, 6-11 servings of breads and cereals are recommended – each day!
This is an interesting thing that I was taught in medical school. Do you know who designed this food pyramid (the one that was adopted by the USDA)? In medical school, I was taught that the Kellogg Corporation originally designed the food pyramid. That’s why the bottom row is called the “Bread and Cereal” group – to make sure you eat a lot of Kellogg Cereals each day. Now I am not 100% sure that is true, but that’s what I was taught.
What’s Wrong with the USDA Food Pyramid
Basically the entire bottom of the food pyramid consists of refined carbohydrates – processed carbohydrates and starches. The bottom of the pyramid contains the Killer Carbs. But the bottom level of the food pyramid is not the only portion that contains carbohydrates. Both the fruit group and the vegetable group also contain carbohydrates. So even if you completely delete the bottom of the food pyramid from your diet – you are NOT eliminating all carbs from your life. You are only eliminating the corporate profit Killer Carbs.
And here’s an interesting question, if the bottom of the food pyramid is mostly refined carbohydrates, why do they call it the “Bread and Cereal” group? Why not call it what it is? Why not call the bottom of the food pyramid the:
- Refined Carbohydrate Food Group
- or even better…
- Refined Corporate Profit Carbohydrate Group
And if you break the food pyramid down into percentages of calories, 65% of all recommended calories are from carbohydrates (20% from fat, and 15% from protein). Does that look balanced to you – 65% of your calories from carbohydrates? Or does it look a little heavy on the carbohydrates?
Re-Balance Your Diet for Long-Term Weight Loss
And that’s the point here. In order to lose weight and keep it off, it is time to re-balance your diet. A balanced diet is NOT 65% carbohydrates. So how do you re-balance your diet? Essentially, you cut the bottom off of the food pyramid… You Cut the Killer Carbs… You you eliminate the “Reined Corporate Profit Carbohydrate Group” out of your life.
This leaves the healthy carbs from fruits and vegetables – creating the “healthy” and “balanced” diet you thought the food pyramid was supposed to represent. And weight loss really is that simple, Cut the Killer Carbs.