Okay I am COMPLETELY confused. I know Paleo's don't usually eat beans, and I didn't for a while (tried >20 carbs as well as a time of >50 carbs per day) but I felt like complete and utter crap most of that time. I wasn't even eating any type of fruit, and this was after already being Paleo for 6 months, so it's not like I was having carb withdrawels or something for six months.
According to this article http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-primal-carbohydrate-continuum/#axzz21mfTn6mc
After reading that a few days ago I thought hmm. As long as I don't eat more than 100 carbs PER DAY and I don't go over my calories for the day I should be okay with my weight right? Since then i've added in some berries, and beans (mostly garbanzo) in the past few days and I feel GREAT.
I almost instantly felt better since reintroducing those two things, and I still never go over 100 carbs per day. But I've also read A LOT of other people say that if you still want to lose weight (which I do) >20 carbs or >50 is the only way to get there. But that's totally against the article I just posted. I wasn't seeing drastic results with low carb, only NO energy :/ So who is right? I don't want to stop losing weight and i certainly DO NOT want to GAIN weight, so is eating beans and some berries okay as long as I don't go over 100g of carbs a day like the article says? Please HELP!
Btw, in case this matters at all, I am 5"1, 116 lbs and 16 years old. Thank you!
If you're seeing benefits from eating beans I say eat em, who cares if they're paleo or not. Tubers and root vegetables are probably a better source of carbs, but that doesn't mean you should shun beans if they work for you.
With your height/weight/age it's absurd for you to lose weight. Don't play games with your body right now, it's doing enough to you as it is.
That said, some people can have them, some can't. Do what works for you.
One thing concerns me and that is you are at a healthy weight range for your height (according to numerous charts I just looked at). I'm thinking if you continue to eat clean, if a few beans and some fruit make you feel good, then your weight shouldnt be an issue. A healthy weight range for a small frame is between 106-118. I also would echo the idea of going for something like sweet potatoes and other tubers as well, but beans certainly aren't the worst thing in the world. Please rethink your need to lose weight. You're young, still growing and already you're so far ahead of the masses by choosing to eat so healthy. I applaud you!
Hi there- Ive been wondering about the beans thing too as Im about to give Paleo a try (Im a chickpea addict here!)
I'm curious to see what others will have to say- but given your young age, I wouldn't be too strict, especially with the fruits which are healthy and provide essential nutrients.
When I was your age (Im 29 now) I dieted numerous times eating tons of fruits, and I'd still lose. Fruit is healthy, dont eliminate it at your age. On top of that, berries are low kcal, low GI and high fiber- if there's any fruit you do NOT want to stop eating, it's fruits that end with "berry".
There are SO many other (and better) sources of carbs! Potatoes, squashes, root vegetables, yucca, plantains, etc. If you're doing low-carb and not eating organ meats, you need to make up for the imbalance of nutrients by varying your veggies and fruits. You can't eat just beans and berries every day.
Leafy greens such as turnip, mustard and collard greens are low-carb, as well as spinach, watercress and beet tops. Broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, avocado, radishes--all of those available, and you pick garbanzo beans and berries?
Think of Paleo as an opportunity to expand your culinary horizons!
Legumes in general are shunned by the Paleo/Primal lifestyle, the reason being, their high content of Phytic acid, anti-nutrients and insoluble fibers. Legumes where never abundantly available to early humans, they became a staple in human diet, not earlier than 10,000 years ago, which is a minuscule fraction of the human existence. I would recommend that if you want to increase your intake of carbs, there are much better options, e.g. Sweet potatoes, Yams, Green and ripe plantains, berries...
Also, I need to mention that at 116lbs, you do not need to lose weight, and at 16 extreme dieting can quickly sprial into an eatin disorder(if you are not already there). Stop obsessing about macronutrients and just eat healthy food, you will lose weight. Eat meat, fruits, veggies, and fat, your body will figure the rest out on its own.
Beans are not bad but potatoes and fruit are better for a number of reasons. They also taste a lot better and are more satiating which will help you with your fat loss efforts. But if you really enjoy beans then eat them, they're not terrible.
I feel much better on 100ish grams of carbs a day compared to 70g or 30 g of carbs a day, too. I usually go between 90 and 150 g. I think you just have to find the right amount for you.
As for chickpeas, if they make you feel better than another carb source, like potatoes, then I wonder if it's the folate that is making you feel better. I think it would be interesting to test out: a couple weeks using potatoes as your main source of carb, and then a couple weeks using chickpeas as your main source of carb.
Legumes offer nutritional benefits, but what they offer can be found in equal to greater amounts within other foods that have lower carb content -- Like squash, yams, quinoa etc.
Some legumes are ok, like peas and green beans. Some shun peas, but our body processes them like veggies -- that is without insulin spikes -- and they contain very low amounts of phytic acid.
So what about Garbanzo beans?? Well they fall somewhere in between bad legumes (like Pinto and Soy beans) and ok legumes.
So if it's working for you, then stick with it. But there are much better sources of protein, carbs, and nutrients.