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How To Eat Without Carbs And Calories

It’s a bit crazy how some people can consume so much of these nutrients, yet never feel full. Here are some tips on what to eat if you want to feel stuffed but not sick.

This is the week of Eat Well Week — here at HuffPost, we’re going to share some tips on how to get healthier this week. If you’re just starting to lose weight (but not looking to lose weight permanently), this will give you a good overview of what to eat and what to avoid to lose weight. There are also lots of great recipes we can share. You can also listen to an audio podcast that covers some of these topics or check out the full episode on iTunes.

I know, a lot of people are getting confused about what “carbohydrate” is and how it’s used. First, I will define what a carbohydrate is to you.   It may look like a bar of chocolate or a piece of candy.  A carbohydrate is composed of a specific food derived sugars , proteins, and other molecules .  They have a certain amount of calories that they contain in, but that’s it; what we eat isn’t exactly what goes into our body. In fact, when it comes to the body’s use of carbs, a carbohydrate is the last thing we should be thinking about.   As I stated in the beginning of this post, if we don’t have enough energy to function properly, we simply cannot function. For most people, the body is going to use a carbohydrate to create glucose, which is the most important fuel source in the body.   This is why there are plenty of foods on our list of things to avoid, as they include foods that produce less glucose to be stored. You may also notice that I said “most people” rather than “all people”.   This is because even if you’re eating a lot of carbohydrates from a diet, you can still get low, slow carbs. If you’re really into sweets and cookies and the like, you can still get a low-sugar diet. 

In the case of this post, you will see that there are no calories in this recipe of spaghetti carbonara, though it would still count as eating carbohydrates. That would lead you to question whether or not it meets the definition of a carbohydrate. If you had to eat it every single day, could you call it a “carbohydrate”?   And so, I thought that we really should start from the beginning and define what a carbohydrate is. 

Let’s take a moment to define carbs to our kids. A carbohydrate is sugar and, according to Dictionary.com, there are over 7,200 definitions of what “sugar” means.  Here are some of the common definitions of the word “sugar” in a dictionary: sugar : any of various crystalline and partially crystalline carbohydrates derived from starch, sugarcane, and sugar beet. a sugar : sugar syrup; sugar crystals or crystals of sugar; sugar. a sugar : a crystalline solid with a density between that of water and that of a sugar solution: a syrup, or solid substance made from distilled water and syrup, composed of sugar. The term “sugar” should not usually be used in the phrase sugar cookie or sugar cookie cake . But, let’s digress for a bit. 

Nowadays, sugar is mostly in the forms of table sugar (sucrose), which is a type of sugar made from sugarcane molasses. The other types of carbohydrates are often referred to in food labels under the category of “starch” or “complex carbogen,” which is basically a fancy way of saying starch.  A simple example of a table sugar.

If we look at the structure of table sugar, there are three parts, one for sugar, one for glucose, and one for fructose:

This diagram shows that this sugar may look familiar.