It’s crazy to me when some people try to loose weight and one of the first things that they cut out from their eating regime is carbohydrates. Why?!? Carbs for your body is like gas for your car! How are you going to function properly without it?
The answer is you can’t! Yes yes yes I know you can loose weight fast and drop alot of lbs when you cut out carbs from your diet. And thats what people are mostly thinking about. But it’s short term weight loss, it’s not long term weight loss. Plus most of the weight or more is gained back as soon as you start incorporating carbs back into your food regime. Overall the goal should be long term weight loss.
Carbohydrates is very important for your body’s daily energy. It is needed to perform daily activities, it provides you with sustained energy when exercising, prevents muscle loss, helps in the digestion process and also helps with weight loss. The thing is that not all carbohydrates are created equal and healthy for you.
Carbohydrates are different forms of sugar that is converted to glucose which provide energy to your body cells. Each cell in your body needs a certain amount of carbs to provide you with the energy needed. But if you over eat carbs and also eat the wrong carbs the excess glucose will then be converted to glycogen and store for use or it is stored as fat, and you don’t want that to happen. As always balance and portion control is extremely important.
Carbohydrates are mainly classified/broken into two groups, simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. The best carbohydrates to eat are complex carbs which are a good source of essential micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Some examples of complex carbohydrates are beans, peas, sweet potatoes, whole grains high fiber foods, vegetables, brown rice, oats etc.
These foods help with lowering your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancers and also help with lowering cholesterol levels etc.
So don’t be scared if eating carbs. Make smart and healthy choices and use portion control even when eating healthy carbs.