Well Being

Why Rice Cakes (And Other Low-Fat Carbs) Won’t Make You Skinny

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It's generally wise not to get too invested in diet trends, and the low-fat, high-fiber (and carb) diets of the past two decades are proof. The fat-phobic diets of the 80s and 90s encouraged millions of people to get skinny on a diet of rice cakes, fat-free yogurt and low-fat cookies, but today's prevailing wisdom is that sugar and carbs are why Americans are more obese than ever. Yes, yes, we know: Lots of people still insist that weight loss simply comes down to calories in, calories out. But there's mounting evidence that high-carb diets seriously throw off our hormones and spur more fat storage than eating fat does.

We've written about the whole idea that high-sugar diets are very likely the culprit for obesity and diabetes before. Dr. Natasha Turner has explained how diet impacts hormone balance here, which impacts weight loss, and she's also given us tips for how to tame high-carb diets for better weight loss here. And our favorite advice of hers may have been to have more sex and less sugar to lose weight.) But if you want a quick visual explanation for why you should put down the rice cakes and get a more balanced diet, here's an interesting infographic to demonstrate:

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