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Whic will help you lose weight?

To cut down on carbs or sugar? I thought they kind of went hand in hand but when I went to the grocery store it was like everything that I thought would be good was high in one or the other, if it was low in sugar it was high in carbs and vise versa. So now I am confused! Help!

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:37 PM on Jul. 13, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Focus on carbs. I have gestational diabetes and I have to be careful of those so-called "low sugar" foods, because they still are high in carbs. It's frustrating. Obviously, don't eat things high in sugar either...but focusing on the carb counts is a healthy way to eat.

    Answer by goldenfox at 10:11 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • both but most important is carbs. you can eat good carbs like fruit and veggies but no bad carbs like pasta cereal and bread. eat lots of protein like turkey chicken egg whites steak nuts etc. and drink lots of water and you have to work out. i lost 60 pounds.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 11:28 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • Carbs can "turn" to sugar in your body so you should cut both if you can but if you are going to eat sugar eat real sugar. If you eat "fake" sugar your body will hold onto fat, things that are "sugar free" are very bad for your diet they will make it harder to loose weight

    Answer by Alie1313 at 11:50 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • Carbs and sugar are one and the same to your body. Once carbs enter your digestive system it breaks them down into glucose, the body's source of energy. Glucose = sugar. If the glucose is not burned off in a few hours it's then turned to fat.

    I would cut back on both. Totally avoid sugary drinks like soda and juice. Iced tea or water with a squeeze of lemon is good! Cut way back on carb-laden foods like most cereals, pasta, potatoes, rice and breads. You can get carbs from healthy sources like fruits, cooked dry beans or lentils, even a few veggies have carbs. Use natural sweeteners like Truvia (stevia) that don't raise blood sugar, have few to no calories and are naturally produced, not chemically contrived. Truvia is now found in regular grocery stores!

    If your body needs more energy than what you're eating in carbs then it will head for the fat stores in your body.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 9:24 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • What works best is living a healthy lifestyle. Start with regular exercise, as simple as walking, for at least 20 min a day at least 3 times a week. Next, drink your water! at least 8 8oz glasses a day. Now, eat your fruits & veggies! 7-8 servings a day, in at least three different colors. Eat your whole grains (loaded with fiber, protein, and lots of energy-giving nutrients), 6-7 servings a day. Cut way back on (or eliminate) meat & dairy. Add beans, lentils & tofu to your diet. You can get free meal plans and recipes from Dr. McDougall, or find his books at your local library:
    Eat an apple or a big salad before meals

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:49 AM on Jul. 15, 2009

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