Monday, November 22, 2010

Why we put on weight

Mark Sisson from Mark's Daily Apple has a brilliant chart that shows how the quantity of carbohydrates we eat causes us to put on weight over time.

It explains, to me at least, why so many people start showing a belly as they grow older.  When you eat the Standard American Diet, believing the 'wisdom' of the nutritional experts who tell you to consume 6-8 portions of grains every day, you'll easily find yourself in that 150g-300g/day zone.

On the other hand, when you replace grains, starchy vegetables and sugary fruits with quality proteins and low glycemic fruits and vegetables, it's effortless to stay in that 50g-100g/day sweet spot.

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