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Just wanted to know are carbs or calories the reason why people gain weight?

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Hi Jairo,

I thought a simple no would answer your question, but I guess there is another way to read it!Without any further context it is tricky to give a comprehensive answer. So for now, I can only steer you into a vague direction.

1) Carbs contain calories and can therefore be synonymous with them, and then we cannot say that people gain weight from carbs or calories: not exclusively.
2) Is it the carbs or the calories which put on the weight? Same difference.

People gain weight if the calory intake exceeds the calorie output. If you have more fuel (calories/energy) than you use, you store it as weight. This energy/calorie intake can come from carbs (or sugars), proteins, and fats. Both how you process the food you eat and how much exercise you take influences the ratio input-output and keeps your weight in balance.

There are diets which cut out carbs because they think carbs are ESPECIALLY fattening. While it is easy bulk up quickly on starchy foods this does not mean carbs are specifically fattening. It depends on the type of carbohydrates. The calories in a sandwich or cookie are usually not predominantly in the flour, but in the simple sugars (also carbs) and fats.Cereals, grains, wholewheat products are very good for you and not considered fattening carbs, but healthy sources of calories.

Others never put on weight from carbohydrates or calories (any other foods). Sometimes it means they don't eat a lot to start with. But some metabolic disorders just guzzle fuel for no good reason. Some carbohydrates take so little processing they become fuel super easily (sports/energy drinks work on that principle)which is a problem if you are not super active (overload storage: excess weight).

Let me know if you are examining a specific instance or have a personal query, then I can maybe address the question more in depth. For general dietary or study questions you will need to consult the other experts.

My best wishes,
Evelyn  

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I can supplement your knowledge on health food and alternative remedies. I take a dynamic (energetic) approach to health and discomforts. My sources and references for my advice and ideas are predominantly Anthroposophic. I am not medically trained. I have done 25 years of critical research (metaphysics and alternative medicine) and been an expert on About for over eight years. Two great ills I can help combat are ignorance and neglectfulness. In matters of healthy living I encourage discipline, respect and self-belief. My life-philosophy is fundamentally based on ANTHROPOSOPHY, which in a nut-shell, is a western metaphysical science and modern alchemical way of looking at the meaning of life. I also draw on Taoist and Ayurvedic systems. I am a mother of a boy with an Autistc Spectrum Disorder, whom I have raised on a bio-dynamic diet and homeopathic remedies. I have been a vegetarian for 25 years. I am currently researching ways to understand and treat Autism from an alternative perspective.

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My direct nutritional and health care experience stems from 25 years of vegetarianism, 15 years of bio-organic cooking and 10 years as a single mother of an Autistic boy. I have read widely on nutrition and (alternative) medicine. My main focus over the past 20 years has been on Anthroposophy. I take a critical stance of modern New Age spin-offs, but generally support the hard core theory of man as a four-fold spiritual being. I have studied the following topics: Yoga, Astrology, Meditation, Tarot, Reiki, Taoist Five Element Theory, Colour/Painting Therapy, Herbology, Aromatherapy, Flower Essences, Crystals, Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Macrobiotics, Ortho-Molecular science, Touch For Health, Natropathy, Music therapy, Eurhythmy, various forms of Shamanism, Palmistry, Numerology, Alchemy, World Religions, Metaphysics, Mythology, Cabala, Angels and Elementals. My interests extend into the fields of biology and especially plant morphology.

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I have an academic background in linguistics. I translate and edit. I teach English. But I seem to be better at imaginative and creative thinking than logic and reason.

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Intelligent and sensitive people who are interested in gathering more information on alternative options in medicine and nutrition, which may lead to emotional, physical or spiritual healing. I have been unable to help people with weight issues lose specific amounts of weight within specific amounts of time - since this does not fall within my holistic aims.

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