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A 32-year-old female asked:

i see an emphasis on low carb eating, even from bariatric docs here. are fruit, yogurt, high fiber cereal not recommended for weight loss?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not so...: Too low or too high on anything is often not recommended...Thus use a sensible approach to your weight loss with balanced, healthy diet and exercises. You must come up with a plan that works for you day in/out without feeling it as a huge burden or else you won't likely succeed. You definately should include fruits, veggies, yogurts, cereals as part of your healthy diet....
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Food: Fruit and yogurt are fine. High fiber cereals are fine as well as long as you don't consume excessive amounts. You also want to eat vegetables and protein (beef, pork, poultry, eggs, beans, etc).
Dr. Stephen Archer
Bariatrics 30 years experience
The issue with carbohydrates is when they are highly processes. Whole foods are much better in terms of weight loss than processed foods. Oats are a carbohydrate but because they are not processed like breakfast cereal for instance, they are digested more slowly and do not cause the same effects on metabolism that lead to weight gain.
Oct 14, 2013
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
They're fine: The low carb thing has been blown out of proportion. You mentioned very healthy food choices which shouldn't be avoided. http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/carbs/low-vs-high-carbohydrate-diet-which-is-better.html#b
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Determine Yourself: Most marketing, advice&products, is only marketing to sell stuff, Not Reality. I disagree with other answers. To figure out what works for you, weigh daily, to 0.01 lbs accuracy, after up & commode, & record. Mentally do a detailed review of specific foods & quantities you ate previous day & Start Seeing What Works vs. What Does Not. LCHF really helps. Study my answers, DietDoctor.com & NuSI.org.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Provided original answer
The reason all carbs ↑↑ body fat, Diabetes Mellitus, arterial disease (via unhealthy lipoprotein patterns), cancer, etc. is that our body both needs very little sugar & can easily create all needed sugar via gluconeogenesis from proteins & fats (ketosis). Brain runs even better on ketones than glucose. Liver promptly converts ingested carbs into triglyceride fats for storage, thus the problems.
Oct 25, 2014

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