I've been wondering about carbohydrate intake levels. My current vague thought is that we need enough for what we burn in exercise and metabolism, so think of carbs as fuel. Too little and we eat into reserves, too much and we build energy stores.jecca wrote: I find carbohydrates are more fattening than fat! I eat lots of bread, pasta, grains and rice and nuts, seeds, and pulses as as well as fruit, vegetables (including starchy vegetables) and seafood and if anything am putting on weight....
Not directly MS related (its aimed at sports people) but as a thumbnail sketch, I found this interesting http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/omega-3-omega-6.html (I haven't checked at all, so have been lazy as Erasmus would put it). In essence EFAs influence the genes, which control many factors - including the bias of fat versus carbohydrate storage.
Beyond some insulation and cushioning (which clothes can compensate for) I'm unclear what body fat deposits do for us (that is good) (although once they'd have been the store that got us through winter starvation).
Is it that we have a deep cultural bias that equates body fat to success, plentiful food, being top of the pecking order. Once fattening the infant was high in a mother's objectives. That and fattening the pig. But we've moved on. Just as Erasmus says "... May the worship of diseases die with us". In time society will wake up, we're just pioneers.