Oh, carbohydrates, it’s been such a rollercoaster. We had a good thing going until Atkins arrived, then Dukan and Paleo followed, and once again things went a little cold. We’d just about repaired the damage caused by “carbs make you fat” when courgetti happened and, as if to add insult to injury, cauli rice. But hang in there, carbs, because things are looking up – for good.
A growing body of research is pointing to the ability of carbohydrates to help you lose weight. So ingrained is the “bread and pasta make you gain” message that the idea of the opposite being true seems nothing short of tomfoolery. Of course, the tables have been turning, albeit in slo-mo, for a while now. We’ve always encouraged you not to be too hard on carbs – any nutrition expert will promote eating across all food groups – but it was around the time when HIIT really, well, hit, that everyone embraced carbs as vital for fuelling intense workouts (the fact that the tastiest way to eat nut butter is clearly slathered on toast did no harm). Should you need convincing that you should be choosing, rather than avoiding, carbs for weight loss, take a look at the science.
Scientists at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the US published the results of a major study comparing the validity of low-carb and low-fat diets. While the randomised clinical trial monitoring 600 ove