Healthy Carbs, Healthy Diet

Eating Carbs Can Aid in Weight loss!

I know carbs have had a bad rep for a while now, but hear me out on this. 

First, let’s break down what carbs are and what they do for our us:

  • Carbs are a major source of energy and nutrients.
  • Carbs are foods that are converted into glucose during the digestion process.
  • Glucose is the main source of fuel for our bodies. 

There are two types of carbs:

  • Simple
  • Complex 

Simple carbs such as fruit, table sugar, and honey, go through the digestion process faster, meaning you will have that energy sooner.  A lot of people prefer these carbs before a workout for that reason.

Complex carbs such as oats, brown rice, and other whole grains, go through the digestion process a lot slower due to their amount of fiber. This keeps you fuller for longer, so it is a great food source when you know you won’t be able to eat again for a while. 

When you cut carbs, your body uses fats and proteins as fuel. 

Protein digestion:
Protein’s main job is to be a building block. Using it for energy will compromise the building of muscle and other cells.

Fat digestion:
It does not entirely digest when it is used as an energy source. This is where Ketones are formed. Ketones are mildly acidic and over time can be harmful to the body.

Which carbs should you be reaching for?
Whole fruit, whole grains such as brown rice, oats, whole-wheat pasta, and whole-wheat bread. This will ensure you are getting more fiber and other nutrients in your diet.

If you are looking to lose weight, then focus on the portions of your carbs. Be mindful of your snacks that contain a lot of carbs.

It is all about MODERATION while still keeping a healthy balance in your diet! 

BE WELL & EAT WELL!