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The effects of Bad Carbs

Posted by Mary Ann P.

In his book the Spectrum, Dr. Ornish has outlined four major effects of bad carbs "white flour, white rice, processed sugars etc.

1-Because bad carbs have no fiber you can eat lots of them and not feel full.

2-Bad carbs are absorbed quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This causes the pancreas to secrete insulin to return your levels to normal.

3-When your body produces too much insulin it causes the conversion of calories to accelerate which translates into fat storage.

4-When you produce too much insulin it can lead to insulin resistance and then to diabetes.

So should you dump bad carbs altogether? Dr. Ornish says no. Just make sure that you do so in moderation and eat the bad carbs with good high fiber ones to lessen the effect.

If you haven't picked up a copy of The Spectrum it's a good read. Bike down to the library and pick up a copy.

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Let me tell you something... this is true! When I have consumed too many carbs (like this Valentine's week!), I look like a whole different person! Even my eyes look swollen. I remember getting an id card renewed about a week before I was supposed to visit friends. I must have been eating carbs non-stop. I looked like a moon! I took the week to really flush out and take it to lean protein. It helped in the photos immensely.

I just wish I knew how long it takes to get that insulin reaction out of your body and what you can do to accelerate the process.

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