QUESTION: Understanding begins with learning and you have clearly outlined the basics. Let me ask you Tony, is it BAD if I just cut the carbs like the Atkins Diet? I don't know if I could give up my pasta?
And, are there any good fast foods? I see Subway uses the low fat and calorie advertising angle, what about the others?
ANSWER: im glad u asked this question. No it is not bad to cut your carbs out but there is an even better way to do it then going cold turkey. There is a dieting method called carb cycling, where you have low carb days med carb days and high carb days. i could go much more in depth but i'd like to devote an entire post to the science of carb cycling.
I personally watch my consumption of carbs but i could never cut them out completely! my suggestion would be to eat like you normally would and if your diet consists of a large amount of carbs, cut them in half or even more than half a couple days of the week. and if you really wanna kick your changeing the way you eat into gear change all your carbs to whole wheat and whole grain, they give you longer energy, and keep you fuller for longer.
I am warning you though that you may feel more tired when not eating as many carbs. as far as fast food, you can make any fast food place healthy, when ordering a carb get a whole wheat or whole grain carb, when eating protein get something lean. i would say subway can be very healthy, stay away from the sauces as they are high in fat as well as the cheese, load your sandwich up with veggies to keep you full. fast food places such as mcdonalds and burger king sell salads, you can get a salad with low fat dressing or leave the dressing off ( thats what i do ) get grilled chicken on it and skip the cheese. perfectly healthy, fast and cheap. a good rule to follow when eating fast food or any food is to avoid sauces, gravies, cheese, fried foods, buttery foods, and fatty meats, as these are full of fat and will be the largest source of calories.
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what to do. Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.
Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him. He lists general guidelines and suggestions only. He is NOT a professional.