Originally Posted by bluehen94
You may be right, I used to eat a lot of complex carbs now not many, if any.
Well, I've heard diets like Atkins (low carb) are actually pretty imbalanced and unhealthy anyway. It works mainly because of calorie reduction which can be accomplished anyway by good food choices and moderate portions along with exercise. Also, alot of people are complaining about depression on the diet...carbs are what converts tryptophan to serotonin which is the happy neurotransmitter. Carbs also conserve protein for proper use instead of being burned for energy.
I also know a few Atkins people who lost weight very quickly (hey, it does actually work) but they couldn't maintain it eventually giving in to carb cravings and now they look like they are gaining it back whereas my 24 lbs. lost through exercise and portion/quality control in my diet has stayed off, even if it did take a long time.
Just don't eat the calorie-rich carbs like cake, cookies, ice cream and such other than just for a occasional treat.