This morning he was looking at low carb and zero carb diets today. Joining presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and Dr. Zoe Williams discuss how many carbohydrates can be found in common foods – one of the popular breakfast cereals being cornflakes. So for anyone looking to lose weight, one way this can be done is through a diet change and replacing “refined carbs” with whole grains, starting with breakfast.
Dr. Zoe began by discussing carb-free diets: “When it comes to cutting carbs or trying to eliminate carbs completely, we’ve seen that there are three million people [who] They’ve tried it and for most people, they just can’t keep up, they just aren’t able to maintain it.
“However, there is a community of people – low carbs – who have made it their lifestyle rather than a diet.
“[And] In the long run, they have committed to significantly reducing the number of carbohydrates they eat for the rest of their lives, [and] This can be really good for your health, especially if you are someone who is at risk for developing or has type 2 diabetes.
“There is no right, there is no wrong, it really depends on who you are.”
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On the table in front of them were dishes with many common foods.
Dr. Zoe said: “All these foods [in front of you] Contain carbohydrates – large amounts of carbohydrates.
“Some more than others, I’m going to ask you which three of these foods have the highest carbs — highest grams of carbs per 100 grams.
“When you think of carbs – table sugar is carbs, and it’s not good for you.
“But things like quinoa and lentils are very nutritious and very good for you and have a lot of health benefits and are also carbohydrates.”
Then I asked Philip and Holly which three foods they thought had the highest amounts of carbohydrates.
Philip replied, “I would choose raisins, white bread, and, controversially, blueberries.”
“I’m going to go get the nuts,” said Holly, “I don’t want to go for the carrots, but I’m going for the carrots because I’m amazed they’re there. But I think Phil is right, these raisins are bad.”
Dr. Zoe revealed: “All fruits and vegetables contain some carbohydrates.
“Berries are very low in carbs, so they’re low on carbs on the table.
Root vegetables contain very high amounts of carbohydrates, but the top three on the table are cornflakes, raisins, and white bread.
“Raisins are a dried fruit, because it has a lot of carbs but there’s a lot of nutrition as well.”
“corn chips!” shouted Philip. “If you start your day with cornflakes and start an incredibly high-carb diet.”
Doctor TV revealed: “84 grams per 100 grams, so cornflakes are roughly 85 percent carbohydrates. [Whereas] Blueberries 10 percent, 10 grams per 100 grams.”
Regarding Dr Zoe’s advice, she said: “You can live a low-carb lifestyle and that has benefits for some people, but I think one shift that people can think of is switching from refined carbohydrates to whole grains.
“If we use bread as an example, eat brown bread instead of white bread and brown rice instead of white rice.”
She also went on to say, “I think there is a large group of people out there who are on yo-yo diets, and for a lot of people, stopping the diet may be the best thing that you can do for your health.”
“We know, if you’ve been on a diet for many years of your life, and you lose a little bit of weight, and then you gain it back, and you gain back a little more, it can be a little bit detrimental to your health when you’re on that diet.
“It could mean that you develop a bad relationship with food and a really bad relationship with yourself.
“If you are trying to lose weight for health reasons, there are many other approaches you can take; increase nutrition in the food you eat, be more active – not active for weight loss but active for all the other positive benefits, sleep better, reduce stress levels,” Dr. Zoe added.