To Carb or Not to Carb?

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by Kelly Mac

As a trainer I frequently get asked whether or not carbs are good or bad when you are trying to lose weight. It’s one of those questions that can’t be answered  by a simple “yes” or “no.” I’ve done a little research and I’ve found some good articles that may help you determine what is the proper ratio for your personal lifestyle and exercise regime.

The first is an excellent one from the Harvard School of Public Health.  It includes Five Quick Tips for adding good carbs to your diet.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/carbohydrates/

Another favorite source of mine is the Mayo Clinic. They outline the pros and cons of a low-carb diet that will help you lose at a reasonable rate while not totally depriving you of necessary carbohydrates to maintain your health.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-carb-diet/NU00279

The rule of thumb with any diet is balance. The USDA issued a new food pyramid this year; the changes in it reflect what research has found is a much healthier plan. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Plan what works for you. In the end, any losing weight has a simple formula: Calories in must be less than calories out!

Kelly Mac has successfully reduced her weight by 65 lbs. and has kept if off for 25 years and she has been involved with fitness for over 15 years. During this time, she has competed in and coached roller hockey as well as being very involved in cycling. Kelly is a National Exercise and Sports Training Association (NESTA) certified personal trainer and is a certified fitness nutrition coach. She also holds a certificate in first aid and CPR. Kelly has been involved with Boot Camps since 2003 and successfully started her own Boot Camp in Corona in 2006. After many requests, Kelly expanded her programs into Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, Mission Viejo and Riverside areas. Kelly’s formal education includes an AA in Criminal Justice and AA in Business Administration and her fitness experience includes running, cycling and strength training.  Visit Kelly’s website www.B2BFitnessBootCamp.com or call 949.246.2221   for more information about her programs.

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