Let’s chat about those pesky little things called carbs. I know, I know…SO much information out there about them. It can truly be frustrating. In my opinion, the biggest problem with carbs is the lack of knowledge. I get hit with it all the time; “OMG, how can you eat so many carbs and still lose weight?” Well, the answer to that can be a simple one or a more complex one depending on how much I feel like educating people. Lucky for you, I like to write and I LOVE sharing my knowledge, so let’s get started.
Google Dictionary gives the following definition for carbs:
Any of a large group of organic compounds occurring in foods and living tissues and including sugars, starch, and cellulose. They contain hydrogen and oxygen in the same ratio as water (2:1) and typically can be broken down to release energy in the animal body.”water-soluble carbohydrates”
- food consisting of or containing a lot of carbohydrates.“before the event I will starve myself of carbohydrates and eat a lot of protein”
In the carb world, there are good carbs and bad carbs. The biggest problem with carbs and our bodies is they taste SO good, we tend to overload on them. Let’s start with the nutritional value of carbs. How does it help your body? Carbs are a wonderful nutrient that provides quick energy for not just your body, but your brain as well. I’ll save you all the medical jargon, and just simply say carbs are easy for your body to digest, turn into sugars, and absorb into your bloodstream where it provides your body needed energy, fuels your muscles, and helps brain function.
Of course, there are the bad carbs. These are known as simple carbs. Not all simple carbs are created equal. You can find them naturally in fruits, milk and other milk products. However, they are also found in processed and refined foods like those wonderful candies, table sugar, sodas, syrups, etc. While these carbs are broken down by the body quickly, supplying your body with quick amounts of energy, too much of the simple carbs and your body becomes overwhelmed and begins storing them in your body as fat.
The good carbs are the complex carbs. These are carbs you find in plant based foods such as beans, whole grains, and veggies. There are all kinds of good carbs. These carbs have been credited with fighting things like heart disease and cancer, so yeah, let’s not get rid of these too fast.
Then, there is our friend fiber (also known as “roughage”). Do I really need to tell you how important it is to your body? I honestly believe it is one of the most forgotten vitamin out there. Vitamin you ask? Yes! Just like our body needs iron, and vitamin A, B, C, D…etc, it NEEDS fiber. Not just for our digestive system, but to reduce cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and even help absorb other vitamins and nutrients. Having a balanced diet including fiber can also help with weight control, because it makes you feel fuller faster. So think of fiber as your superman! 😉
The biggest problem in most diets is the lack of balance. People get so obsessed over “being skinny” that health often takes a backseat. Just as your body needs protein, it needs carbs too. We all need a good superman!
So remember, when it comes to carbs, use simple carbs in moderation, seek out complex carbs and fiber rich carbs. But also remember, too much of a good thing can turn bad quickly. So while you want good complex carbs in your diet, you want to make sure you are balancing everything out properly.
For a great article, visit WW reimagined or click this link: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/article/are-all-carbohydrates-created-equal?otm_medium=onespot&otm_source=onsite&otm_content=article-page:article-page-footer&otm_click_id=5f17fe86-cd37-470b-a6a3-bae87ccdac8a
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