The Truth About CARBS They Don’t Want You Know!
Why are we so scared of carbs? We have been led to believe that if we eat bread or rice, we will get fat. Is rice really that bad for you?
Carbohydrates are such a sticky subject. So many of my clients come to me and say, “What do you eat? You DEFINITELY don’t eat carbs, right?!”
My answer always surprises them because I DO EAT them all day long. If you have ever eaten a low carb diet you usually experience brain fog, depression, insomnia, mood swings, low testosterone, and are just plain unhappy! None of those seem exciting, so why would you put yourself through this when it’s a misconception for losing weight.
There is a reason carbs get a bad reputation. Up to 50% of carbohydrate intake in a typical American diet is in some form of high fructose corn syrup and sugar. If you look at food labels, you will be surprised that many of your everyday “healthy” foods have sugar in them (bread, peanut butter, ketchup, crackers, cereals, etc.). Sometimes people forget that carbs are fruits and vegetables too. Try to load up on more of these natural carbohydrates rather than processed ones that might fool you into thinking they are good for you.
Carbohydrates will NOT make you fat, but choosing the right ones are key. There is a horrible cycle that that happens when people blame carbs for weight gain and then punish themselves by not eating the right ones at all. If you are eating pizza, chips and cookies all day long, there is a good chance you will feel the negative effects from them, including weight gain. We NEED high quality carbohydrates to live. They contain glucose which is our body’s number one energy source (followed by protein and fat).
Carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits and whole grains contain the quality nutrition and vitamins that make your body and brain work properly. High in fiber, they can help reduce bloating and make you more regular. They also help prevent heart disease, lower your cholesterol and contain tryptophan which produces serotonin (your feel happy hormone) in your brain, so that’s why they make you feel so good when you eat them!
Knowing that you need carbohydrates to live, people still have the mindset that they should continue to restrict them. A great way to think is that the more you exercise, the more you will need. Think about a gas tank, if you drive more, you will need more gas to get to your destination. That’s exactly how your body works with carbohydrates. So if you are sedentary all day, you won’t need as many as you would if you had a hard workout.
Try filling up on whole foods like fruits and vegetables and then add in good quality quinoa, oats, and wholegrains for extra heart healthy components (rather than chips, cookies and sugary “healthy food”). You will be full of energy, feel amazing and giving yourself a gift of proper nutrition and a healthy body.
Happy healthy carb eating!