Carbs, or carbohydrates are a bad word for some people. They are considered the villain when it comes to exercise and losing weight. Many believe ALL carbs are bad, and I’m here to tell you that’s not true.
Look at it like this: we know there are good words and bad words in every language. There are some words we can’t (or shouldn’t) say on television, on the radio, at work, in front of kids, and most importantly, in front of our parents!
The phrase “choose your words wisely” is quite accurate: Saying the right words at the right time can take you far in life, while saying the wrong words can get you in a world of trouble!
That same rationale can be applied to eating carbs. The right carbs can do wonders for you and your health, and the wrong carbs can hurt you in many ways.
Here are just a few benefits of eating healthy carbs:
They can help boost seretonin in the brain (the feel good chemical)
They are a great energy source for athletes and sports performance
They help speed recovery from exercise
They help reduce risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease
Notice the above carbs are nutrient dense, full of various vitamins and minerals.
On the flip side, the wrong carbs can hurt our bodies in many ways:
As you can see, not all carbs are created equally. It’s critical a person understand the difference between the 2 types as our bodies needs to have good carbs daily.
The worst carbs of 2019 includes the following:
High fructose corn syrup
Not only are these “empty calorie” foods, many of these bad carb foods can be a source of another issue that’s not often discussed:
Many experts suggest a diet of 60% carbs, which comes out to about 1200 calories if based on 2000 calories a day.
Low carb diets are popular as they are touted as ways to lose weight. Short term, they do appear to help people lose weight simply because people are eating less. However, low carb diets should not be used long term as the body still needs the nutrients that healthy carbs provide.
In other words, a person can NOT get the health benefits of blueberries, apples, or spinach in steak, chicken, or fish.
Carbohydrates is a bad word for some, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing the difference between good carbs and bad carbs can go a long way towards helping you reach your fitness goals!