The fear of carbohydrates is an actual phobia and not one that should be underestimated. We have a string of fad-diets and irresponsible media hype to thank for its existence. Unfortunately, those that have fallen prey to the hype are having a very real and difficult time deprogramming themselves from the misinformation and are denying their bodies of the macronutrient needed in largest amounts.

The truth is, carbohydrates provide the body with the energy it needs for physical activity and proper organ function and they are an important part of a healthy diet. The trick lies within choosing the right carbs, rather than opting for no carbs!

Whole-grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruit are considered the right carbohydrates for weight loss, because they are digested slowly. A slower digestion process enables your blood sugar levels to remain more stable, which tells the brain that you've satisfied your hunger. A few of my favorites are oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes, broccoli, black beans, edamame, and green apples.

The wrong carbs, on the other hand, are the ones you should steer clear of. They consist of sweeteners, such as refined sugar, honey and corn syrup, and foods made with refined flour, such as white bread, cookies, crackers, etc...Simple refined carbohydrates are the wrong carbs for weight loss because they get absorbed into the blood stream quickly, thus raising blood sugar levels, which first creates a surge of energy and then a low, leaving you unsatisfied and craving more of the same. These "wrong" carbs provide empty calories because they lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber and therefore can lead to weight gain.

That being said, it is safe to say that a fear of carbohydrates is unwarranted when you are empowered with the information necessary to make the right carbohydrate selection!

Health & Success,


Author's Bio: 

Alison M. Fadoul is “America’s #1 Mom Motivator,” and the author of the forthcoming book The Hot Mommy Next Door: A Quick, Easy, and Effective Way to Drop Your Baby Weight and Achieve Your Personal Best After Pregnancy. Alison is a certified Spinning® instructor and founder of the Hot Mommy Next Door, a web source and consulting service for mothers of newborns and young children who want to drop their unwanted, leftover baby weight and achieve their personal best physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Sign up now for her free weekly Ezine, “Tips from the Hot Mommy Next Door,” at and receive these two “free” gifts: the Hot Mommy Next Door shopping list and an audio program featuring an interview with Alison. To inquire about Alison’s availability and fees, please contact her via or call 954/304-5481.