In my practice, I have seen an overwhelming number of clients that have turned to a lower carbohydrate diet because they are concerned that carbohydrates will make them "fat". Carbohydrates have become the new bad guy as nutrients go. I always try to educate my clients that there are different types of carbohydrates and there are some we should eat more often than others as they are a crucial fuel source for us.
In a meta-analysis study by Seidelmann et al they studied 15,428 adults age 45 to 65 years old over 25 years. They found a U-shaped associated between the percentage of carbohydrate consumed and mortality risk. Both the low carbohydrate consumption group (<40% of calories) and high carbohydrate consumption group (>70% of calories from carbohydrate) had greater mortality risk then the 50-55% range. They also found that the type of nutritional sources were associated with mortality risk. A more plant based diet was shown to have a lower mortality rate then an animal based diet.
I love when there is a substantial amount of research to provide solid nutritional guidelines! Using this information take a look at your diet and see how you can incorporate whole grains such as Whole grain breads, cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes and legumes to help promote achieving your long-term goals in a realistic manner!