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I have lots of them and a lot of people do not agree with me. I think it really depends on your body type and goals. For those who are naturally lean and want to add muscle— eat them, a lot of them.

For the fatties like myself, sew your mouth shut and avoid them. For years I suggested a diet containing carbs based on what I was taught and the nutrition theory of the day for all. Obviously, I adjusted macro nutrient intake to suit goals and activity. I got good results with everyone but myself and a few others. I was always battling being fat. I followed all of the "rules" (most of the time) and got huge, but it was more fat jacked (thanks to Harry Selkow for that term) than truly huge.

It was not until a few years ago that I decided to look into other things.

I tried Carb Back Loading and got great results. I lost about 50 pounds of body fat in about 1 year. Not enough to be on the Biggest Loser, but that was not my goal. After a while, my progress slowed down and I switched to Carb Nite. Again, I made some more great results, but I was not good in the energy department. I did quite a bit of research and decided that I needed more calories, so I increased my protein and fat macros and added in a carb DAY once a week. I am currently using this protocol and it seems to be working.

So, to get back on track, I think that carbs are appropriate for some and not appropriate for others. If you have a lot of body fat to lose, cut them out and eat a lot of protein and fat and greens. If you are lean and want to gain muscle, eat a lot of carbs some days and less on others. That is a gross oversimplification, but it is the idea in a nutshell.

I am also of the STRONG opinion that our bodies are not well suited to digest the types of carbs that are prevalent in today's food supply. They are predominately heavily GMO'd and not good for us. If you are going to consume carbs, you should use 100% organic and GMO free sources for long term health. If someone would do a LEGITIMATE study on the rates of many diseases and disorders since the introduction of GMO's in the food supply since 1994, we would surely see that most of our health issues and obesity are related to GMO's. Seriously all you old timers, look back to when we were kids. How many people had a food allergy or were REALLY fat? I mean Biggest Loser fat. Not many. The obesity rate has drastically increased over the past 20 years and I believe that the introduction of GMO's and heavily processed carbs as a staple in the American diet is a huge contributing factor. Not the only one, but a biggie.

So to sum up:

  • Fatty-little to no carbs and a lot of protein/fat
  • Skinny/Athletes-eat GOOD carbs

I hope this helps.