Over time, carbohydrates have gotten a really bad rap through the invention of fad diets, misinformed nutritionists and faulted studies. Cutting carbs can result in weight loss. But if you’re an active person, or just beginning a daily workout routine, you will need carbs to sustain your energy levels, build muscles and keep your mental sanity in check. So, how are carbs and weight loss really connected?
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE LINK BETWEEN CARBS AND WEIGHT LOSS?
KNOWING WHICH CARBS TO EAT
There a wide range of foods that fall under the umbrella of carbohydrates. And if you’re not well informed, you could be putting the wrong foods in your body hindering your progress and health. For example, ice cream and brown rice both contain carbohydrates. Now common sense would dictate that there is a big difference in the nutritional value of these two items. But there are some people who would think that carbs are carbs. Well, they aren’t.
Foods like whole grain rice and oatmeal contain complex carbohydrates that supply your body with a slow steady amount of energy, whereas, foods like ice cream and high sugar foods are full of simple carbs which are absorbed quickly but don’t provide your body with long and sustainable energy.
CARBS AND WEIGHT LOSS
Even if you are trying to lose weight, carbohydrates can still be a vital part of any program. Rather than excluding them completely from your diet, time your carbohydrate meals so that they are closer together, allowing your body to fully absorb the glycogen in your blood and tap into body fat as an energy source. An example of this would be the following:
If your current diet consists of six meals per day, eat carbs during your last three meals. This would result in your body using fat as an energy source throughout the early part of the day since you would have used up much of your blood sugar during the time you were sleeping. You could also switch this around so that carbs are consumed during the first three meals, then you would continue to burn them off throughout the day and well into your sleep.
JUST SAY NO…
It’s pretty easy to figure out which carb sources you should steer clear of but in case you still don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll tell you; refined sugar. It offers little to no health benefits and is highly addictive. If you absolutely need a snack, aim for something healthy like dried fruit and nuts. Every time you eat, you’re getting one step closer to your goal, or one step further from it.
Make the right choices and you’ll reach your goal sooner than you think.