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The truth is that your body needs carbohydrates to function properly.
Without carbs you would have no energy to get out of bed in the morning. Carbs are fuel. You just need to be consuming the right types of carbs.
The USDA healthy range of carbohydrates is actually 45 to 65 percent of your daily food intake. While protein is 10 to 35 percent and fats are 20 to 35 percent. (We are referring to healthy fats here, not greasy fat fried food.)
This is why I am not a fan of Keto or Paleo diets exclusively. They both have their benefits but are too restrictive for me. Not enough carbs. Here is a great comparison article if you have been researching either diet. The word diet here is meant as lifestyle, nothing else.
We get our carbs from the foods we eat which is then broken down into sugar (glucose). It is then either burned right away through physical activity or sent to fat stores until it is needed.
Most people think of pasta and bread when they think of carbs which are over processed and can be nutritionally void of any health benefit. As with anything, there is always a better choice, pasta and breads are no exception. It is up to you to read labels and determine what you are consuming. This is a great breakdown of deciphering nutrition labels.
Any type of white bread or pasta has been made from refined flour (over-processed) and will burn off or be stored the fastest. That may sound like a good thing but it is really a bad thing.
Here is the problem. You have a spaghetti dinner complete with Italian bread and ceasar salad. Assuming you used regular white spaghetti noodles, that is one meal out of your entire day that has less than ideal carb consumption. Between the pasta, bread and croutons do you really feel like moving? I know I don’t.
So what happens?
We sit around the table and talk or sit in front of the TV and veg. All of those carbs we just consumed got turned into glucose and went straight to fat stores. They are processed so fast that your stomach doesn’t have a chance to tell your brain WHOA, so we stuff ourselves silly.
Also, since they are converted so quickly you are more likely to feel hungry again sooner, may feel an energy crash and they are low in fiber. And the cycle continues.
There are good carbs.
What most people don’t think of is the amount of foods that have naturally occuring carbohydrates. These foods are also nutritionally dense, contain necessary vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. All of which support the whole body.
Good carbs take longer to turn into glucose so they are dispersed into energy and fat stores at a slower rate. Since they are nutritionally dense your stomach has a chance to tell your brain that you are full. Which makes you feel satisfied and comfortable after a meal. Good carb choices are higher in fiber, have natural sugars and keep you feeling full longer.
Because good carbs contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, part of the breakdown and release is directly to the necessary organs that require them.
Your gut is your second brain
Your body has an uncanny way of knowing exactly what to do with good carbs. Unlike excess bad carbs that turns right into glucose. These carbs confuse your body and put them into the most convenient place which are fat stores.
I am a confirmed carb queen. Love my bread and pasta, and I still enjoy it whenever I can. Rather than give it up entirely, I try to add good carbs into those meals and am more conscious of my other meals throughout the day.
Most days two of my meals are Isagenix which are nutritionally balanced and have 23 essential vitamins and minerals in every 260 calorie serving. This makes it a lot easier for me to manage my daily intake when it comes to dinner time.
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