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The short answer is NO and HELL NO!

Let’s start off by saying that carbohydrates are extremely important for a few reasons.

Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. They help fuel your brain, kidneys, heart muscles, and central nervous system. Fibre is a carbohydrate that aids in digestion, helps you feel full, and keeps blood cholesterol levels in check.

Now many people would read this statement and not really understand what this means

Many studies have found that the brain needs carbohydrates to function adequately and therefore play a huge role in mental health balance.

Eating a low carb diet because you are worried about putting on weight is counterproductive for a few reasons

• Carbs aid muscle growth so they are important to growing that booty
• Carbs give us fuel helping us train harder and heavier (oh hey fat loss)
• Carbs is 4 calories per 1 gram and fat is 9 calories per gram… what does this tell us?
• Low carb diets can impact our brain function so all in all leaving you pretty flat

So why do I put on weight when I eat carbs? You don’t…you put on weight when your calorie intake is greater than your energy output regardless of whether or not it’s carbs. (by the way, pizza isn’t just carbs… it’s mainly fat)

Carbs are delicious and when not balanced with adequate protein it leaves you unsatisfied. Also, fruit is carbs… not just cereals and chips.

Calories in and overall consumption of calories is what is the deciding factor with fat gain or loss.

The moral of the story… eat a balanced diet, eat those carbs and watch your overall calorie amount, and don’t just demonize certain food groups… especially yummy ones.