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Most Low-Carbers are Not Eating Low-Carb

Many people who might think they're eating a diet low in carbohydrates actually are consuming twice as many carbs as is recommended in some of the popular low-carb programs. Most low-carb diets recommend anywere from 20 to 125 carbs a day, but a study found that the 5 percent of people with the lowest intake of carbs consumed an average of 128 grams of carbs a day. Cutting carbs like grains and sugars from the diet is certainly a positive step, but there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to "carb" restriction. As I said in a related blog entry yesterday, most people believe that low carb is the way to lose weight, when the reality is that fully one-third of them need a high-carb diet to lose, the only difference, of course, is that those carbs need to exclude grain carbohydrates. Eating carbs in the form of vegetables may make your carb intake higher, but will not be a hindrance to your health goals. Also, there are many low-carb products on the market that are little, if any, better than junk food.

USA Today April 4, 2004

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