Whenever we hear the word ‘carbs,’ we feel a slight chill run down our spine.
We panic a bit.
It’s as if we’re violating some kind of code we vowed to uphold.
More often than not, if you were to ask someone what kind of changes you need to implement to lose weight, one of the first things they’ll mention is to reduce your carbs intake. Even though that’s a good way to cut some calories, it’s important to note that a low-carb diet isn’t always the way to go. You don’t have to completely eliminate carbs off your diet. They’re actually quite important for your well-being.
First of all, carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. Your body turns carbs into glucose, which it uses to perform daily functions. In fact, the majority of fitness professionals recommend eating complex carbs before or after your workout to replenish and fuel your body.
Did you happen to notice how the word ‘complex’ is emphasized?
Well, the reason for that is that whenever you catch yourself thinking about how carbs are bad for you, do me the favor of knowing the difference between simple and complex carbs. Simple carbs are things like white bread, donuts, cake and basically everything that has a ton of sugar. Such carbs are broken down quite easily, and they’re absorbed directly into your bloodstream.
Complex carbs, on the other hand, are foods like oatmeal, sweet potatoes and whole grain bread, which take a while to break down. Unlike simple carbs, they provide a steady increase of sugar for long-lasting energy, instead of an immediate sugar-spike. Furthermore, such carbs are actually more filling, thereby reducing your appetite and caloric intake.
Obviously, eating too much of anything will cause you to consume more calories than your body needs. Don’t assume that just because you’re eating complex carbs instead of simple carbs, you’re allowed to go all out. Feel free to enjoy a serving of plain oatmeal, not a whole container. It’s all in moderation my friends.
To address the elephant in the room, as you all know, my diet tends to be more fat-based. All that means is that I tend to eat more natural fats throughout my day instead of carbohydrates. For example, instead of having oatmeal in the mornings, I choose to have a serving of almonds or some avocado. Understand?
Honestly, I found that my body works best in a high-fat, low-carb diet. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t eat carbs. All that means is that I eat a smaller percentage of them. They still play an important role in my muscle recovery. Carbs are my go-to after hard workouts. To each its own.
Point is, don’t be afraid to eat carbs.
Be afraid of sugar-filled, simple carbs that do nothing for you… but feel free to enjoy complex carbs in MODERATION.