While I realize the American people eat way too many processed foods (primarily processed carbohydrates), I have at the same time watched so many people take this carbohydrate eating completely the opposite way and not eat enough carbohydrates.
There's a reason we are told to take two aspirin and not 1/2 and not four! It's because two are meant to take care of the average pain for a certain amount of hours. (You get the drift of the analogy)
Do you want to save money by only putting in 5$ worth of gasoline? You won't get very far! Same with carbohydrates.
How do you know how much to eat?
We'll talk about that next time!
In the meantime, if you are active you need a certain amount of carbohydrate for energy....I'm enclosing an article I recently read for some clarity.
..."More recently, studies have returned to investigating the influence of carbohydrate on fat loss and weight-loss maintenance in overweight and obese subjects. While some data support faster weight loss in carbohydrate-restricted diets, this result and the ability to maintain the weight loss only applies to those who can sustain the diet over time.
Every study has shown diminished athletic performance from a carbohydrate-restricted or KD compared to a carbohydrate-rich diet in athletes (Kleiner, 2015). Moreover, very-low-carbohydrate dieting has a profound influence on health, especially in highly active individuals and in women. Immune function (Gleeson and Bishop, 2000), insulin sensitivity, inflammation (Asrih et al., 2015), gut biome changes (Duncan et al., 2007), carbohydrate and brain activity (Rattray et al., 2015), and the peripheral metabolic pathway (Cooper, 2014) are all compromised when high demands are made on energy systems without adequate carbohydrate substrate availability. Under these circumstances physiological processes are suppressed by severely low energy availability, and measurement of total or resting energy expenditure will underestimate energy requirements (Loucks et al., 2011)."...