The advisement that “Carbs are bad for you” is a distorted view of the truth. It can even be said the phrase is a myth. The fact is that carbohydrates are not only good for you, but entirely necessary for a healthy existence. Corporate weight loss slogans capitalize on this myth to generate more sales, when in fact the only leg they have to stand on that’s rooted in truth is eating a lot processed foods packed with high levels of carbs can make you gain weight. Don’t fall for propaganda pushing distorted food views that does not have your best ‘healthy’ interest at heart.
Complex carbohydrates are critical for a person’s well-balanced diet and proper nutrition. The same goes for natural sugars (not artificial or substitute). Your body benefits from the vitamins, fiber, minerals, and calories. They attribute a great deal towards the ‘value’ your body and brain needs to be at its best every day! Keep in mind that it is just the natural law of science if you are eating more calories than you are burning off, you will gain weight and vice-versa.
One key to being healthy is to stay properly hydrated throughout the day and night. When this happens, the body is able to fire on all cylinders. Eating carbs (and natural sodium) leads to an increase in the intestinal wall’s water absorption. This is because carbs love water! When your body is not getting enough carbohydrates, the muscles and tissue are adversely affected.
Carbs don’t just give you energy for a run, they also give your brain the boost it needs to function better. The brain operates on glucose, which is delivered from carbs. This is critical for healthy focus, processing of information, and awareness. People always are told to fall in line with the recommendation to eat a healthy breakfast before starting the day.
The muscles in the body depend on insulin production for lean mass and growth. The body’s pancreas secretes insulin when carbohydrates are consumed. Insulin is essential in the body, as it transports the nutrients to the muscles, for instance—the critically acclaimed ‘protein’ so essential to our body’s health and it’s muscle production. More carbs translates into more insulin which in turn equals more muscle.
Curbing Hunger Pangs
Real complex carbohydrates (not processed junk food) will keep a person fuller for longer, provide stomach satisfaction, and decrease cravings. Carbs have resistant starch making your body’s cells sensitive to the insulin, while releasing the ‘hormones of fullness’ in the intestine. This means your satiety hormones are released, curbing snack attacks and cravings.
As previously mentioned, muscles are directly benefited from the consumption of carbs. These same carbs also provide fatty acids to the digestive system that speeds up the fat burning process, especially in the stomach. These fatty acids are released from resistant starch. Carbs have high amounts of resistant starch; eating them enhances muscles mass and can lead to less belly budge, an overall healthier diet, and a healthier weight.
When you rule out carbs, you essentially swear off a healthy and balanced diet of any sort. There is not any healthy type of weight loss that comes from the overindulgence in one food group or the complete elimination of another. A healthy, well-balanced diet will contain a variety of nutrients and will not discriminate against any one food group. Moderation is key. When trying to meet healthier goals; keep in mind physical activity, relaxation, and exercise are all critically component to a healthy lifestyle.
When shopping at the grocery, try to choose foods in their natural state (if you can). This includes:
- Choosing brown rice over white rice
- Choosing fruit over fruit juice
- Eating a potato over a plate of pasta
- Trading the oak flakes cereal in for steel cut oats
Complex Carbs You Should Be Eating
|o Basmati||o Beans||o Brown Rice||o Chia|
|o Fruit||o Whole Grain Pitas||o Lentils||o Nuts|
|o Oats / oatmeal||o Quinoa||o Seeds||o Sweet Potatoes|
|o Vegetables||o White Potatoes||o Whole Grain Breads||o Whole Grain Cereals|
|o Whole grain pastas||o Yams||o Hot Cereals: rye, barley, oats, mix, triticale||o More Vegetables|