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Jennifer Hudson: ‘I didn’t eat any carbs until today’

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Jennifer Hudson recently shared more info on how she’s transformed her figure:

“I just made sure I stuck to my Weight Watchers…I also took the extra mile to delete the carbs. I didn’t eat any carbs until today. I made sure when I felt the need to eat something crunchy I ate nuts instead and stayed away from the carbs.”

… said Jennifer at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

Wow… ‘deleting all carbs’ sounds kinda strict / unnecassary. Are you fans of low-carb diets?

 

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Lou
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You know what, I think that when it comes to diets, each to their own. If they find that cutting certain foods out works for them, that’s fine. As long as they remain reasonably healthy. She looks phenomenal.

dee
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I swear she’s going to gain all that weight back…eventually. Kind of like Oprah did. It’s very hard to live without carbs…especially if you grew up with a taste for them. I’m waiting to see if she keeps the weight off in the next 2 years. Good for her though, for losing all that weight. I’m sure she also went through a lot of emotional times, with the loss of her family.

Gabe Zephier
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Gabe Zephier

i disagree. i’ve tried so hard to cut out carbs since march 2015 and haven’t gained any weight back!

Ulaa
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Ulaa

I can not believe that in this day and age, when we have access to all this information, some people choose to completely eliminate a big, essential food group from their diet. It is utter idiocy to ‘delete’ all carbs, she will unfortunately gain the weight back or be miserable while trying to stay slim.

Ketty
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Ketty

So true….And one thing, her body don’t look that good!

natalie
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natalie

thats just jealousy at its finest

she looks great and she is letting folks know it cost her effort and sacrifice to get where she is

people hate to see other people do well

Charle
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Charle

It doesn’t have to be jelousy. I congratulate her for her dedication to lose weight, but for the results she’s having, it seems a bit extreme. With that I mean that her body doesn’t look that special for me.

Jen
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How are carbs essential? I know there are carbs in fruit and vegetables, but I assume she meant eliminating things like pasta and bread. They’re man-made foods, so not really biologically essential.

Ups
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How in the world somebody decide not to eat pasta, rice or good breat (in my country we eat lots of dark bread with corn). For me it would be a poor life without these lovely meals. A good Pastameal in Italy is more worth for me than a slim figure. But thats just me.

Ups
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* can

catc
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catc

you think carbs are a part of life because they are a part of yours, but not everyone is like that. i don’t eat carbs apart from fruits and vegetables and it doesn’t bother me at all.

Ups
Guest

And because of that i wrote in the end: But thats just me. It’s fine, but i would miss it.

gia
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people havent eaten good italian food if they think life is ok without them

i agree with you!

Lila
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Lila

Hehe agreed!

Anna
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Anna

completley agree! I actually feel sorry for people who are SO obsessed with food…you don’t get fat when you eat a mediterranean diet…actually it has been stated that this is one of the healthiest ways of eating…and is is full of indulgence…

Casey
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Casey
Ups, I feel the same as you! In the country where I was born, (also Southern Europe), bread is such a huge part of the cuisine. You don’t have bread with your entree, you have your entree with bread. Because I’ve grown up like that, I cannot imagine cutting carbs out of my diet. But to each their own. I agree with someone above who said that these man-made carbs like bread and pasta are not biologically essential, but at the same time, is it really essential to cut them out COMPLETELY out of your diet? Sounds pretty severe and… Read more »
StrawberryFields
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Yes in my country we eat that as well:) That’s probably some of the healthiest food u can get. I think in the US and UK, in my experience, people think of bread as white bread (or brown toast, which isn’t really dark bread at all), at least that’s what i found out living in UK… and therefore see bread as the enemy. But u really just have to eat the right kind of bread, which u can’t get in many countries, like rye bread, which tastes awesome, way better than white bread 🙂

Jenny
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Jenny
Ok. This is discouraging… Complex carbs are essential for you body to allow your biological functions to work properly. Here’s a little paragraph, written by a professor and PHD in nutrition of Mc Gill university (in my country you need a degree in science, chemical science and biology, (2 years), then a degree in nutritional sciences (3 1/2 years) to become a nutrionist. The profession is under the law of a professionnal order. So it is pretty hard to find charlatans… Not impossible, just really hard.) So here’s why carbs are essential. I’m sorry if I sound a bit, let’s… Read more »
Blue
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Blue

I’m studying pharmacy right now and even in my basic physiology unit we ate taught that the brain is only able to utilise glucose. If I have significantly less barbs in a day, I can really feel it in terms of my ability to concentrate during uni. My guess is that she’s become accustomed to this feeling of cognitive sluggishness; this coupled with her not needing to think and analyse as much as the average student probably allows her to not eat them

emilie
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emilie

im studying pharmacy too! woooo!

Ashes
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Ashes

Thanks for your expert info! Personally, I think that there is so much mis-information out there about good eating habits. A friend of mine went on a diet where she was told not to eat fruits at all because of the sugars. I adore fruits, I know that there are loads of benefits to eating fruits regularly and I thought… hang on, this can’t be healthy.

DietGuru
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So I guess what they don’t teach in nutrition school is that the liver can create glucose from protein using a process called gluconeogenesis… I agree that cutting out all carbs as a lifestyle is not needed, but I disagree with the opinion that grains are the good carb. Grains are not something our ancestors ate in anything close to the amount that we do today. And if they managed to collect more than 100 stalks of wild wheat a day they would probably consider it a good day… although looking back, we might say it was a bad day… Read more »
Emma
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Emma
So as a (to-be) nutritionist, don’t you also acknowledge that complex carbs can be found in places other than whole grain cereals, such as in legumes like chickpeas or starches like potatoes? To all: It’s super easy and healthy to live without bread, plenty of cultures do it. I think for Jennifer, the low carb thing was for weight loss, not maintenance. So it’s not like she’s never going to eat carb again, it’s just that she gave them up for a time to lose the weight. Obviously carbs are needed for weight maintenance and weight gain in the form… Read more »
ginger
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Are you serious?? I mean, yeah, you can live without carbs, if you don’t work out or do it in such a moderate way your body won’t notice it… But if you train hard to be toned, then you NEED carbs. They’re THE MOST ESSENCIAL food group!! Specially the things you say are “man-made meals”… That’s what you need to eat to be healthy, to have energy and, believe it or not, to stay slim… People burn like 80% of the calories they get from 100gr of pasta/rice/whole bread….. I still can’t believe there are so much people like you… Read more »
Thin person
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Thin person
High carb foods such as bread, cereal and pasta are NOT essential. Man did not start to eat cereal grains until a few thousand years ago and until then survived on a very low carb diet of meat and vegetables. High insulin levels are what causes diabetes, insulin is the hormone which converts carbohydrates into energy and stores the excess as …FAT. Without insulin there is no weight gain. For all you people convinced of cereal’s health properties because you see it on TV and have read a few studies.. do some research and find out who FUNDS those studies.… Read more »
Thin person
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Thin person

I meant to write- “High insulin levels are what causes obesity”.

Paulina
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Fruits and Vegetables are carbohydrates so how the hell can she be healthy without them!?
They are essential to keep us alive.
Im sorry but shes reaaaally stupid.

Jen
Guest

She meant carbs such as bread and pasta.

DietGuru
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Tell the same thing to all the chasers of low-fat food… they are eliminating something that really is vital for our bodies… which unlike carbohydrates is essential to our wellbeings.

Tash
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Tash

I’m so disappointed-I was seeing her as a role model for moderation and doing it right 🙁

schuk
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schuk

I don´t think that she deleted carbs allt he time she dieted. Maybe just the time before the Oscars. Personally I think she looks gorgeous and congrats for loosing so much weight. And till now, she didn´t gained something back.

Norma
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Norma

you people are idiots, everyone has the right to what what they want when it comes to their own diets.

catc
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catc

it’s true

Charlie
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Charlie

True, but they should keep their hard-core, unbalanced diets to themselves.

If you put yourself out there as a “role model” for healthy and moderate eating (ie. weight watchers spokesperson).. you have to be careful what you say to the media.

Coffee_girl
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Coffee_girl

This

StrawberryFields
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Of course, but when she publishes her diet, she must expect people to comment on it.

Brittany
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Brittany

She looks good, and I do think she only meant for awards season….however, she’s lost so much weight her boobskies look like mine after breastfeeding two children. She’s gonna need some work done on those puppies!! But oh well, good for her to lose that much weight in a seemingly healthy, correct way.

aj
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She’s going to need some work done? Please….

Helena
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Helena

Never could do that- I loveloveLOVE bread, pasta, ….
In my opinion it’s also not healthy, just like eating “low fat”-products all the time. It’s all about moderation and learning to eat healthy and balanced. If one is cutting out carbs completely it’s either forever or (almost every time) instant weight gain when someone starts eating them again.
Granted, people’s bodies react differently to different food (some people gain more weight on carbs than others), but there is nothing wrong with some self baked whole-grain bread! yummy!

beckers
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beckers

saddly the only way i really lose weight is cutting out carbs, I lose small amounts eating healthily and working out, but for big losses i stop bread and pasta.

Christina Veal
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Christina Veal

Yeah too many carbs, especially super starchy, completely sabotage a diet plan and make it that much harder. That’s why I have a cheat day so I don’t feel deprived and from a scientific standpoint my body doesn’t start wanting to go into fat store mode, become leptin resistant, etc.

aj
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How many cheat days do you have if you don’t mind me asking, like 1 a week, 1 every two weeks?

aj
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oops read bellow, nevermind 🙂

Christina Veal
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Christina Veal
Carbs are not an essential food group, at least not in excess. The FDA food pyramid is upside down. Check out a ‘Paleo Diet’, it makes it clear that we somehow survived on a LOWER carb (not no carb) diet for millions of years and didn’t have type 2 diabetes, osteperosis, heart disease and all the other random ailments that have come about since we started eating chemical, processed food. I’m not lumping that in one category as “carbs”, I’m just saying that most food with carbs these days is unhealthy. Bread if completely unnecessary, ESPECIALLY white processed bread. I… Read more »
Fraiser
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Fraiser

Dear Veal,
Carbs are an essential food group, end of story.
‘Cheat days’ belong to frustrated women, it’s shocking that some think that a ‘cheating / regret / remorse’ should be associated with our diets. It’s sickening, really.

Helena
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Helena

Amen!

mary
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mary

Dear Frasier,

carbs are not an essential food group….i dont think humans from the beginning of time ate ate chips, bread, or cake. more like vegetables and meat.

there is nothing wrong with following a low carb diet. different things work for different people, and you sound ignorant saying “cheat days’ belong to frustrated women. not to mention, alot of women SHOULD feel guilty about their diets. Get a clue and look around you. 70% of the united states is over weight.

Nkeon
Member

Most vegetables ARE carbs.

apricotmuffins
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apricotmuffins

and contain considerably less carbs for their weight than bread.

low carb doesnt mean no vegetables, duh.

Nkeon
Member

Mary’s statement suggested that vegetables do not belong to the carb group. As to the other points you made I hadn’t suggested otherwise so no need for the wise crack.

Fraiser
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Fraiser

Dear Mary,

1. Vegetables are CARBS. Who the heck mentioned that cake is essential, are you dizzy? Cake is essential in the sense that you should enjoy life; joy and pleasure… these are essential in a good life.

2. No HEALTHY woman on this planet should feel guilty about her diet. And a healthy woman eats ALL essential food groups in moderation.

britterz
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britterz
Seriously!!! I get so annoyed when people choose to be on these random diets that eliminate entire food groups and say that it’s healthy because humans existed for millions of years like this. It proves nothing, what was the bone density of these humans, what was there average lifespan, reproductive rates? No one ever talks about those aspects of health. As a person with a degree in bio and health all this fake “science” that everyone throws around is really ridiculous. If you think that not eating carbs, or meat, or dairy or whatever works for you, then that’s fine,… Read more »
Anna
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Anna

@britterz: AMEN….I have a degree in nutritional sciences and now I master in molecular medicine and I can only disapprove of such pseudo science, people have no idea how dangerous a no-carb diet can be.

Jen
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When people say they are cutting out carbs they usually mean bread, pasta, etc. Most people don’t think of vegetables as carbs. Don’t be so pedantic. 🙂

The Other Leah
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The Other Leah

Everything in moderation! It’s just food, after all.

Alexa
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Alexa

The “Paleo Diet” is snake oil, nothing else. There is no scientific research to support its garbage claims. Use your brain.

janeir0
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janeir0

wow you sound kind of ignorant to be honest

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet#References

Charlie
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Charlie

It is thought that 1000 years ago people had an average lifespan of around 25 years. (Obviously, that was before the advent of modern medicine, improved sanitation, etc.) But why are we so intrigued by the idea of eating like cavemen?

Emma
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Emma

There is plenty of scientific evidence to support its claims. Look at any research involving high-protein diets, low carb diets, the effects of processed and unprocessed foods, or the effects of cereals grains and you’ll see that the Paleo diet is a healthy one. Furthermore, Paleo was the original pusher of coconut oil consumption, grass-fed beef, leavy dark greens, and fatty fish consumption, and a range of other nutritional insights that the FDA is only now catching on to. Pssh, “snake oil” eh?

lorelei
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Carbs are almost everywhere and needed. You have cabrs in vegetables, dairies, meat…. Whole grains (organic) are good, “whitening grains produces” are bad, I’m only ok with this (and almod are very good, rich in fat, proteins and… carbs!). Glucids are necessary to produce energy (degradated by oxygens to produce Adenosine triphsophate used by muscles), and brains need at least 120gr glucids per day to rule optimaly. If you don’t at much carbs (“sucres lents” so.. complexe glucids ? such as amidon, gluten…) you would have problems of memory, concentration, as welle as if you eat too much “simple glucids”… Read more »
lorelei
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Well, our bodies have evolved since australopothecus period. It’s why some of us can stand dairies, gluten and other couldn’t.
Neolithic period was the one when they started making things with grains (epeautre, rice, oat.. depending on the place ).
study : http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=21905938

Casey
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Casey
So you’re discrediting the FDA’s version of the food pyramid, based on hundreds, if not thousands of replicated, peer-reviewed research, in support of an abstract version of a food pyramid that’s supported, maybe by one real study? People who lived millions of years ago did not have type 2 diabetes, but they did have vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition and cancer and their lifespan was 25-30 years, if they were lucky. Put it however you want, but the fact that taste receptors on our tongues tell us to eat carbs, tells me that bread tastes good, is enough to convince me that… Read more »
Cristina
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Cristina

Here i am, after 13 hours of work, suffering of chronic gastritis and severe IBS thanking you for these comment, as i am incapable at this point to be coherent and brainy but i know that sometimes, the only thing that can absorb the excess acid in my stomach is some form of carbs (dark bread or plain biscuits)

Kimberly
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Kimberly
The food guide pyramid is HEAVILY influenced by agribusiness. They are one of the top lobbies in the US. The meat, dairy, wheat and corn industries disagreed with the original pyramid, while USDA nutritionists advocated for having fruits and vegetables at the base of the pyramid and meat and dairy at the top. David Satcher, the ex Surgeon General of of the US came to my university and spoke about this to the School of Public Health. The food guide pyramid has been altered to suit the interests of the food lobbyists, not the health of Americans. And as you… Read more »
Crys
Member

@Kimberlly YES! all of this.

Bec
Guest

Thank you!! I don’t know why so many people fall for the idea that the Food Pyramid is a healthy guideline. Sweets and grains in moderation is fine, in my opinion. Enjoy yourself and eat them. But I don’t feel that they should be the base of anyone’s diet.

Casey
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Casey
Kimberly, I agree with you that lobby groups did have an influence on how the food pyramid was formed. However, this isn’t as simple as, “Hey, I am a grain lobbyist! Please include more grain in the food pyramid! We will fund your campaign, thank you!” as people seem to think. A lobby and the people who work with the lobby only have so much influence; they both need some concrete evidence to back their platform. The power of the lobby lies in how much money the lobby has to fund research. The grain lobbyists had a lot of money… Read more »
Emma
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Emma

What about the Maasais in Kenya who almost exclusively eat meat, fat, and dairy?

Or the Mongolians, whose diet is 70% fatty red meats like beef and lamb?

Excessive meat and fat intake are not the causes of American bad health. Neither are carbs, as there are other societies who almost completely survive on starches. What draws the almost disease-free Kenyans, Mongolians, and other tribes apart from us is EXERCISE LEVELS. That simple. You can eat all the meat and fat you want and be healthy as long as you’re active.

Karin
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Karin
You do realize that the science of nutrition is in its infancy, right? There are only a few things that are concrete, mainly that what you eat doesn’t really matter so longer as you’re burning it off and that there is a cascade effect with nutrition, so the foods we eat contain a mixture of nutrients that to our bodies is most easily processed. The sugar cane cutters in the Caribbean eat 6000 calories of pure sugar a day, and the indigenous people living within the Arctic circle have diets that consist ~80% of fat, yet both groups have lower… Read more »
Zee
Guest

Aside from their diet, wouldnt their drastically different lifestyles have something to do with the lower rates of ‘diabetes, heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc’?

Not to mention, people in developed countries have many ‘lazy’ easy options for food like junk food and yet lead sedentary lifestyles compared to sugarcane cutters or those who live in the extreme cold.

Karin
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Karin

Hence the part about what you eat doesn’t really matter so long as you’re burning it off.

Thin person
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Thin person

You are so right, Christina. So do I. 🙂

apricotmuffins
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apricotmuffins

I think people have misunderstood you and its a shame. I feel a lot better too, when I cut out bread, pasta, rice etc. I have less heartburn, feel less bloated, less sluggish and have plenty of energy.

I dont do a strict low carb, but I do try to be considerate.

shwolibop
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shwolibop
I think this comment is out of context. I think she was probably asked something along the lines of “how did you prepare for today (the oscars)?”. I dont think she lost all that weight from not eating carbs for a whole year up until the day of the interview. Also by carbs I think she means wheat based processed carbs which are bread and pasta, maybe even potatoes and rice which get converted into sugar which is stored as fat in our bodies. As humans for centuries we have gotten energy from fats and natural complex carbohydrates found in… Read more »
Alexa
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Alexa

Why don’t you educate yourself so that in the future you can avoid spouting lies and looking foolish?

shwolibop
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shwolibop

huh?

shwolibop
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shwolibop
Haha you are quite rude aren’t you? What makes you think I would leave an uneducated comment? I know what I’m talking about because I have been educated on nutrition. Carbohydrates are an essential part of the human diet but porcessed carbs (as with all processed food) ARE NOT. Do you think cavemen ate bread and pasta? I’m not saying people shouldnt eat these things what I am saying is they are not an essential food group. Maybe you shoould educate yourself better on how to have a grown up conversation without jumping down peopl’es throats just because you don’t… Read more »
amazon
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amazon
nothing that is natural is unnatural for our bodies to digest. humans are omnivores- commonly referred to as the wastebins of the animal kingdom- we can pretty much eat anything natural. we didn’t invent wheat or rice etc, we cultivated them and yes we do overprocess a lot of it, but in itself it is perfectly natural and healthy. also it is converted into fat when it is eaten in excess just like any other food group. course I am a carb girl- so I’m pretty much going to defend it regardless 🙂 as for jen she looks good and… Read more »
shwolibop
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shwolibop
By natural I mean something that doesn’t need to be milled or processed in order for it to be digested by the human body. As I have said, I’m not saying people shouldn’t eat refined carbs but the best diet to have overall is one which is natural with lean protein and clean unrefined carbohydrates, with vitamins and antioxtidants coming from vegetables and some fruit. Essentail fatty acids found in nuts, seeds and oils will speed up your metabolism. Yes consuming less calories will make you lose weight, but refuned carbohydrates do have quite a lot of cals and as… Read more »
Casey
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Casey
“w. Also by carbs I think she means wheat based processed carbs which are bread and pasta, maybe even potatoes and rice which get converted into sugar which is stored as fat in our bodies.” Shwolibop, EVERYTHING we eat, EVERYTHING, is converted into sugar (glucose) in our bodies and then stored into fat if it is in excess. Everything. All cells in our body can only absorb glucose as a from of food, so everything we eat gets converted to glucose. While I agree with you that human beings still should be getting most of our carbs and fats from… Read more »
Casey
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Casey

turning it into flour*, absorbent*

melissa
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melissa

I think the paleo perspective is saying that wheat has only been available for a relatively short amount of time compared to human existence. Our bodies are not as adapted to processing it compared to fruit/veg/meat. That doesn’t mean we’re unable to process it, it just isn’t optimal.

Lorelei
Member

Since mesolithics, we cultivate wheat and othrs grains (latest research, 2010), so more than 18 000years before JC.

jessicamarie
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jessicamarie

i agree about the comment probably being taken out of context. I feel like that is happening more and more often with celebrities.

Ketty
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Ketty

I think that she lies about her weight loss. She said month ago she didn’t want to lose more weight but now she cuts carbs to lose faster. And the fact she always talks about her diet upstet me. She’s like Kelly O!

cus
Guest

i love carbs, very much.. but yeah not to eat carbs at all is the fastest way to lose weight.. still I can not do it longer than for a day..

Alexa
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Alexa

Carbohydrates are NOT fattening, and avoiding them will NOT make you thin. The only thing that will change your body composition is your calorie intake relative to your activity level. Everything else is snake oil.

mary
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mary

umm you are wrong- avoiding carbs do make some people thin. different strokes for different people, hun

KittyCat
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KittyCat

Actually yes, overloading on pasta and bread WILL cause you to gain weight.
As a diabetic I NEEDED to cut out unhealthy starches to maintain my weight and blood sugars.
You clearly think that you know everything, but your actually very ignorant and stupid. The ONLY reason why cutting carbs out of your diet would cause you to gain weight would be because you start craving them so you binge.

kateuk
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kateuk

You only gain weight if you eat an excess of calories, doesn’t matter whether it comes from carbs, fats or even proteins! If you do not eat over maintenanace calories, you will not gain weight no matter how much of your daily intake is carbs.

Charlie
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Charlie

That’s not actually true.

Many studies have shown that diets high in protein (50% protein for example), that are the same caloric value as diets high in carbs (65-75%) cause weight loss.

http://www.jacn.org/cgi/content/abstract/23/5/373

aj
Guest

I agree. Personally, for me it is calories in vs calories out. It’s just that high protein makes you fuller for longer so it’s better to eat that if you are calorie restricting.

When I was at my thinnest, I had a cheese and tomato toastie every morning for breakfast. Wholemeal bread, and low fat cream cheese. (About 320 calories) I felt satisfied, I did not feel deprived and I lost a lot of weight.

Bec
Guest

With all due respect, I completely disagree with you. I feel that nutrition is a lot more complicated than that, and for *my* body to be at it’s best, the quality of my food matters just as much as the quantity. As far as I can tell, the majority of carbs are unhealthy, and don’t need to be the foundation of my diet.

Christina
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Christina

Hi Frasier,

I didn’t say I eliminate carbs, I simply eat less of them and find the weight melted off and stayed off. I still enjoy fruits, the occassional baked potato, beans, oatmeal. I just eat substantially less of them then the average American and have found success.

🙂

Charle
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Charle

Have you counted calories, by any chance? I would be curious to know if the weight loss was due to cutting one food group or if you ate fewer calories by switching to alternatives to carbs with fewer calories.

Nkeon
Member
I’m fed up with this carb nonsense. There are 4 calories per gram of carbs and about 7 per gram of fat; do the math. The carb food group is broader than chips and white break. Fruits and vegetables are carbs as well and whole grain starches such a rice are natural. The problem most people have with carbs these days is that they eat them in excess and they add excess fats in them. What do you think makes chips so fattening? It isn’t the potato… If you find that you lose weight when you cut out carbs it… Read more »
kateuk
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kateuk

Well said Nkeon, spot on!

Lila
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Lila

Exactly!

Casey
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Casey
I agree with you Nkeon. Like I said above, “processed” carbs are still the same exact carbs as unprocessed carbs, they’re just in a form that is easier for our bodies to take in, making it easier to eat too much. But more importantly, a lot of people overfatten the source of their carbs, and then blame the carbs for weight gain without taking into consideration the oil, fat, butter that is consumed with the carbs. You’d be surprised how much oil/fat you’ve consumed when you eat a bag of chips. Doesn’t seem like that much, but read the label.… Read more »
StrawberryFields
Member

Very well said, both Nkeon and Casey – as always! Seems like people sometimes think carbs = pasta + chips.

flossy
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flossy
Actually I’m a bit annoyed by all this talk of Carbs. There are different types of carbs and it needs to be clarified the are the bad kind and the are the good kind COMPLEX and the bad kind SIMPLE, SIMPLE simple are found in sugary processed foods and are quickly converted into glucose in the body. White bread Processed cheese COMPLEX Slow releasing energy found in Fruit Veg Whole grain foods. You can live a healthy life without the SIMPLE carbs in your diet, but without the COMPLEX carbs. Sorry but it really irks me the way everyone here… Read more »
aryn
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aryn

My mother did, and still does the no carb low sugar diet and lost over 45 lbs. There are so many good substitute foods out there so she doesn’t feel deprived such as low carb spaghetti and sugar free pudding, etc. She replaces mashed potatoes with squash and other healthier choices and her health has never been better and her acid reflux has completely gone away. I think that it can be a very successful diet as long as your body is getting what it needs and can definitely work in the long run.

mia
Guest

Whole wheat spaghetti and yams are still carbs, just complex carbs.

People NEED carbs, it provides the glucose necessary for cellular metabolism.

Your mom seems to be substituting healthier, more complex carbs for simpler, more quickly metabolised (thus more fattening) carbs. Congrats to her for making the simple changes that make a big difference 🙂

Evelina
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Evelina

Exactly, Mia. Finally, someone with true knowledge of intelligence.

esther
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esther

No I’m really against cutting carbs. My roommate is now also doing a diet like that. I lost 20 kg without cutting carbs. Just eating healthier and exercise. Don’t know why people think carbs are bad.

Christina
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Christina

Hi Nkeon, I agree about the less calories, and just wanted to mention that I eat almost 2000 per day on low carb so it is possible. But I think your point is more for NO carb, anyway just thought I mention.

Roxanne
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Roxanne
I’m sorry, Alexa has absolutely no clue what she is talking about. And I hate to be rude but she is speaking with such conviction that I had to say something. Carbohydrates ARE fattening! That said, that does not mean we have to cut them out as a food group. We just need to be aware that eating them every day will not make us lean (esp the processed ones). And I think I am pretty educated on the topic…I study health economics at MIT and work for both the Center of Health Policy at Stanford and the Harvard School… Read more »
Nkeon
Member

Yes, when they are deep fried or lathered with fats or salty causing you to retain water. In their natural form they are not so much. Starchy foods granted can cause bloating but they are not. Fats are fattier than proteins and carbs (ironic huh?)

kateu
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kateu

Carbs will not make you fat unless eating over your calorie maintenanace. The same with fats.

Anon
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Anon

Maybe its just me but tht makes no sense. Nuts have carbs. Lots of carbs & fats…ummmm….
If she cut carbs shed hav to stick to eggs, cheese, meat and veggies ONLY.
I hate wen celebs lie abt moderation wen its rly a restrictive diet.

KittyCat
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KittyCat

No actually nuts are very low in carb.

kateu
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kateu

Most nuts are virtually carb free. They are mostly fats and some protein.

Mia
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I just want to know what happened to eating sensibly and exercising? Why the need for these intense, deprived dietary routines? Is Jennifer Hudson’s life quality greatly improved because she lost 10 rather than 7 pounds in preparation for the Oscars? If anything, she is more likley to gain back to the weight she lost on her no carb diet, than if she had just followed a sensible eating/exercise regime. If some women are willing to put that much effort into losing weight, why not invest that energy into achieving more worthwhile goals?

mimi
Member

I deleted the carbs and fat before and lost 20 pounds in less than a month …. and then, I tried to re-introduce them in my diet, little by little… but I gained almost everything back in 1 year and half… The thing is, you can do extreme diets for a short time, like 2 weeks, to start a diet, but at the end of the day you’ll have to eat properly and exercice anyway, or you’ll gain everything back, so, there’s no shortcut…

Eve
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Thank you, mimi. I hope other no-no carb addicted people will listen to you. No carbs=water loss. How many times it has to be repeated?! If you overeat you will gain, but, if you indulge on carbs they keep water, 1g keeps 4 ml of water, as I remember. When you indulge on fat and protein it may seem next morining on your scales that nothing gained, but more calories than needed = weight gain. Gosh, so simple math…:-)

christina
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christina

low carb diets make me weep

lorelei
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It’s funny : In France, carbs are not incriminate in gaining weight. For us, the problem is lipids (fat).

In fact, eating a bit of all is better (except dairies, eggs and meat according to my own opinion concerning ethical and health matters).

Our brain need 120g of glucids per day to rule correctly so… (we learn it in neuropsychology lessons at university, if someone need my sources I have an article in french on it)

Strychnine
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Strychnine

38.5% of men and 26% of women in France are considered overweight, with 16% childhood obesity – and the numbers are rising. The U.S. is definitely the fattest – but your own obesity rate is soaring.

SOURCE: Forbes.com

mimi
Member

Really?? Most of the statistics say that 1 adult out of 6 is obese in France, so that’s more around 15%, and I believe it more than the rates you wrote.. I live in France and I don’t see much obese people around me, of all the people I know I think I’m the biggest haha

emily
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emily

Lorelei, are you a vegan?

Katrina
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Katrina

Lorelei… I’m not sure about obesity levels in France but I completely agree with eating a balanced diet. Could you send a link to the article? I’m a neuroscience student and all these comments have got me interested

fidigum
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fidigum

low carb diets are the best. I feel great all day and the weight loss is consistent. I love JHud for being honest with this. Moderation is the key to weightloss, yes, but before a big event like your wedding or her oscars and you want to make sure you look your best low Carb is the way to go. For me, at least.

Kira
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If in the end I looked like her from eating any carbs then I say go ahead. She looks amazing and seems to feel great too!

xx

Cristina
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Cristina

I think she meant refined carbs considering she said she still eats nuts… There’s so much ignorance going on here. Carbs are good for you, refined carbs are not.

kateu
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kateu

Nuts aren’t exactly a high source of carbs, if any. They provide mostly fats and some protein.

MiuMiu
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MiuMiu

I think nuts make you fat if you eat them too much or so much that they make you full, so it would be better to eat a piece of bread from wholeweat.

Evelina
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Evelina

Exactly, I was going to say refined, processed carbs. So much ignorance indeed.

Kiki
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Kiki

I have to say, I liked her more when she was a little heavier. Now i think her head looks a little too big and weird.

Lorelei
Member

93lbs, around 250gr carbs per day. whole grains mainly
eating healthy and exercise : that’s the only long lasting solution to be thin, healthy, happy.

kateu
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kateu

Highly doubt she consumes ZERO carbs. There is a difference between LOW carb and NO carb diet. She must get some fruit and vegetables even if she has cut out starchy foods such as bread, pasta, rice, etc.

Victoria
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Victoria

Her breast looks weird.

ihuefiwh8h4r
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ihuefiwh8h4r

Eating no carbs kills your mood! And makes you pee buckets. It’s pointless because calories in vs out is all that matters.

Britt
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Britt

Cutting out carbs is probably one of the worst things you can do. You need carbs – not from fruit or veggies – but real carbs. They give you energy and keep your sugar from getting too low. Cutting them out makes you have very little energy, and you’re much more likely to binge later on.

shwolibop
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shwolibop

What are ‘real’ carbs?

Britt
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Britt

Breads, pastas, rice, etc. When someone says ‘I don’t eat carbs’, they aren’t talking about fruit and veggies.
When you cut out main sources of carbs you probably aren’t getting the 200-400g your body needs.

Pistola
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Pistola

Nuts have carbs.

CurvyMom
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CurvyMom
I think Jennifer looks awesome! She obviously ate some carbs because nuts do have carbs, not tons, but some. She probably meant no flour/sugar. My family struggles with weight issues, but my aunt lost 150 lbs and my mom 60 lbs on low carb diets and kept it off for the rest of their lives – about 20 years. Believe me, that wasn’t just water weight 🙂 For a painstakingly researached account of how the three biggies (carbs, fats,protiens) affect weight gain/loss I’d recommend Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. It’s not light reading, but worth it for a… Read more »
JB
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i think what she meant by her statement is that she gave them up for the Oscars…so she would look more amazing. cutting way back on carbs 3 days or so before an event will decrease bloat like you would not believe.

Jen
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Versus- if u could could you post the holly Madison life and style non retouched photos? She claims to be 115lbs and 5’7 and I’d love see peoples comments on the photos- thanks!

jkm
Guest

yup. this works very well. i never ever eat bread..pasta..anything processed or packaged. i only get carbs from veggies and small amount of dried fruit. plus i workout 7 days a week so all of that..”u need breads..” is total BS.

Lorelei
Member

giving up meat and dairies works better…

jasmine cal
Member

carbs help in the fat losing process and it’s not a good idea to cut them out completely.

a
Guest

I could never ever ever delete carbs from my diet.
BREAD IS MA LIFE.

ali
Guest

when I cut out carbs for a year a few years ago I got very thin – didn’t have much of an appetite because I wasn’t eating any carbs.

BUT I also got insomnia (a side effect of low weight and poor diet), and was utterly miserable – I cannot emphasize how sad that period of my life was.

Now, having researched nutrition, I recognize that certain carbs are essential for mood, well-being, energy and body function. I incorporate them into every meal and I feel MUCH healthier and am at a healthy weight. So, for me, no carbs = misery!

Casey
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Casey
Browsing through the comments, there are a lot of people who seem to believe in the real existence of “bad carbs” vs “good carbs,” because these are terms used by the diet industry. There is no such thing. Carbs are carbs. Processing wheat to make flour to make bread doesn’t’ change the “good” carb chemical into a “bad” carb chemical. If you did that, the chemical would cease to be a carbohydrate. Carbs are specifically called carbs because of the action they perform in the body, so carbs are carbs. The difference becomes in the fact that, (and these are… Read more »
Zeka
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Zeka

Thank you. This is seriously the most intelligent comment on the thread.
Chopping out a food cannot be healthy in any way, shape or form. Everyone has something to blame for why people are unhealthy. The diet industry blames carbs and fast food. Vegetarians/vegans blame meat (unless it’s from a purely ethical standpoint).
Just because something is processed doesn’t mean it’s going to kill you. If you don’t eat fast food every meal, processed food isn’t going to suddenly make you obese.
Whatever weight Jennifer did lose, it was not done healthily and will gain back soon enough.

Lisa
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Lisa
I still make it a point to stay away from white flours, though. Couldn’t make myself eat it if I tried. I just don’t feel good eating really processed foods or fast food. But I agree, cutting out entire groups is ridiculous. If you’re allergic or if it’s an ethical choice, that’s different.As soon as someone tells me they’ve cut all carbs and dairy out of their diet because they want to lose weight, I just shake my head. They’re setting themselves up for disaster. I often wonder how many people actually give themselves allergies to those foods because they… Read more »
Kimberly
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Kimberly

Hmmm…I was taught that “good carbs” is a term for carbs that provide nutritional value and “bad carbs” provide little to no nutritional value. In that sense, yes there is a difference. A slice of wheat bread and a slice of white bread are not created equal.

Dr. Truth
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Dr. Truth
So let me get this straight- you are trying to say that white bread is the same as whole wheat or sprouted grain? That eating cake is a good idea? That White rice is the same as brown rice? You are missing the entire point of nutrition. By sticking to “whole foods” or foods that are less processed, we give our bodies more nutrients. White flour, for example, is stripped of the most nutritious part of all – the bran and the germ. This is why white flour products don’t have as much fiber (which we all need) as whole… Read more »
Casey
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Casey
“So let me get this straight- you are trying to say that white bread is the same as whole wheat or sprouted grain?” No. I am trying to say that a carbohydrate chemical is a carbohydrate chemical. Carbs found in white bread are the same as those found in whole grain bread, there is no difference or inherent evil in one over the other. I also specifically stated that less processed foods do give you more nutritional value than processed foods and you will most likely be able to consume more of the unprocessed food to get the same amount… Read more »
amanda
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amanda

you all made fun of her when she was heavier and now you’re making fun of her for her eating habits as a slimmer women. she looks fabulous and has come a long way. she worked hard for her new body. hollywood is a tough place. your job is to look good(not to sing or act or model…). that’s what she is doing. why don’t you ask victoria what she had for dinner last night i’m sure there were no carbs. or better yet ask natalie about how she lost the weight for black swan.

Casey
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Casey
Amanda, I agree with you that often times it’s hard to please people no matter what you do as a celebrity. But I think what we’re witnessing is two extremes….highly restrictive dieting vs. not eating healthy. There is an in between. I’m sure Victoria is even on a stricter diet, but people criticize her as well. Natalie lost the weight temporary so she gets reprieve. The thing is, there are so many ways to lose weight, and some of them are good and some are bad. I think it’s kind of unfair for you to ask people to not express… Read more »
IHeartCurvyWomn
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IHeartCurvyWomn

Totally agree with u Amanda; ppl need to stop analyzing wat she eats, this is the reason y Hollywood is so messed up in the brain because ppl like us downgrade a person for their heavy weight but then downgrade them even more wen they lose weight the “wrong” way.

If all y’all had a chance to go to the Oscars, how many of us would starve ourselves to fit into that Chanel dress eh? O.o

Black Essence
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Black Essence

Some people on this site like to go out of their way to feel better about themselves, more superior/knowledgable/in shape. If she was her old size, they would complain. Now she lost weight and they still complain.

I agree with you.

Black Essence
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Black Essence

If she says that she snacked on nuts, that means she didn’t totally eliminate carbs.

So what’s all the arguing about. Geez.

KMJustice
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KMJustice

Everything in moderation is the way to go. I must be honest about two things: 1. She’s looks freaking incredible. 2. I would give up carbs for a few weeks to look smoking hot in a dress for a major event.

alex de
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alex de

I went on a low carb diet once and I had no energy and got really depressed. I hated it. I love simple carbs. I lose weight if I eat smaller portions of whatever I want.

Hohoho
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Hohoho

Ugh, I think she was generalizing…but to eat NO carbs is pretty much impossible unless you’re doing all meat and dairy & nothing else. I take it she meant no grains. She should of been more specific because people look up to her and take her advice seriously (not me but others) for weight loss. Sad because she can’t even give the proper advice..

KMJustice
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KMJustice

I would be willing to bet my savings that she was referencing bread and pasta. Not carbs from veggies and whatnot.

Lisa
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Lisa

That’s what I mean! It’s kind of irresponsible for celebs to say they cut carbs entirely. Obviously you shouldn’t be taking their word over a nutritionist’s, but with some people, common sense isn’t so common, ya know what I mean?

StrawberryFields
Member
If u eat lots of pasta and white bread, then cutting that will probably make u lose weight (mainly cos there’s quite a lot of calories in this). But carbs isn’t just chips and pasta for god’s sake! Carbs are really good, if u eat the right kind – like several have said here: it’s found in fruits and vegetables. They don’t have to be processed or man-made. I get most of my carbs from rye bread, which is really healthy. If i make buns i use wholegrain flour (instead of the white), carrots, seeds, and stuff. You get a… Read more »
StrawberryFields
Member

Reading Casey’s comment further up, i can see i’ve phrased it wrong, like she said: carbs are carbs! I simply meant there are good, low-calorie foods that have carbs (like rye bread and fruit) and high calorie foods that contain carbs (like pasta and white bread) Which is what i meant by the right carbs 🙂 like i said i’m no expert.

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