I am of the mind that a person can eat a perfectly fine diet on wheat, cards and the like.
Having read wheat belly and avoiding wheat with no effect I found it was like most other fads.
Carbs, including wheat, search things like potato and pastas are very, very easy to way over board on portion sizes.
For instance, many here eat oatmeal regularly. Now, I do to, but I would eye ball about a cup pre cooked and throw in a banana and some peanut butter for them good healthy fats.
Well, if you look at the portion size the calories are based on, most are 30 grams at 120 or so calories.
This is less that a 1/4 cup uncooked. A minuscule amount everyone would scoff at. However, I was downing almost 500 calories of just oatmeal. Add another 150 for a sugary banana and another 120 for 1 tablespoons of peanut butter and I was at 770 calories before the cup of coffee with cream.
My breakfasts were almost always 1,000 calories and I thought I was eating light.
This is the same for any if the other low whatever diets and Gluten free paleo and so on.
To actually eat well and healthy you need to weigh all your stuff and know how many of what kind of calories you are eating.
All the other stuff matters, but not as much as this.
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I agree that after cleaning up one's act, anybody interested in seriously eating healthy and as natural as possible has to weigh portions.
Currently we are on the road of eliminating all excess starches (Bread, rice, pasta, potatoes) except fruits and vegetables. It seems as if certain bodies may react different to starches, and I "function" and feel better if I do not eat any bread and the like. I think the amount of starches as mentioned above I would need would hover around the 80 to 100 grams per day mark.
Still, if I want to loose body fat, I think there is no better way than radically reducing the amount of starchy food and eat a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein.
As with everything in life it all depends on a person's goals.
Oatmeal is definitely the one thing I do eat on a regular basis, it helps me have a good time while commuting to work by bike, and completels satiates me.
My wife and I are experimenting with what is working and what is not. Of course we need to fine tune the details, but for someone who refused to listen to me for what feels like eternity, my wife's new found waking-up is just fun to experiment.
Legatt, you are aware that a calorie as a unit is not necessarily the same, depending on the food, right? I deduct from your posts that you are quite well-informed and inquisitive.
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