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Carbohydrates for Weight Loss – Good vs. Bad

By Carla Pagniello | In Nutrition Tips | on July 1, 2016

Learn about carbohydrates for weight loss – Good vs. Bad

For many years, people have thought that carbohydrates (carbs) are the worst thing on the planet, especially for those trying to lose weight. We have been brainwashed into thinking that carbs are the ‘enemy’ and will make us fat! Newsflash, they won’t. Carbs are our body’s main source of energy and are essential for many physiological processes. Eating a diet that includes carbohydrates doesn’t necessarily cause weight gain, but eating too much of the wrong kinds can. What you need to know is which kinds of carbs to eat vs. not eat for your in-home personal training Mississauga and Oakville weight loss goals.

Not all carbs are alike. Carbohydrates can be either simple carbs (“bad” kind) or complex carbs (“good” kind), based on their chemical makeup and what your body does with them. Complex carbs, like whole grains and legumes, are ‘nutrient dense’ and contain longer chain sugar molecules which take more time for the body to break down and use. They also contain more natural fiber which breaks down slower in the body, thus leaving you fuller longer. They also provide you with more even amounts of energy throughout the day. Examples of complex carbs are: grains, whole wheat breads, oats, pasta, beans, sweet potatoes, and vegetables.

Simple carbs are composed of easy-to-digest, basic sugars, with little nutritional benefit for your body. The higher in sugar and lower in fiber, the worse the carbohydrate is for you. Fruits and vegetables are a kind of simple carb (drastically different from other foods in this category like cakes and cookies though), however, the fiber they contain changes the way your body processes their sugars and slows their digestion, making them more similar to complex carbs. Examples of simple carbs are: pop, candy, sugar, artificial syrups, white rice, white bread, white pasta, potatoes, chips, pastries and desserts.

When you feed your body simple carbs it’s like downing ‘empty’ calories that have no nutritional value, and the excess calories only end up where you don’t want them to go – your waistline! Furthermore, your body does not have to work very hard to get glucose from these foods in the bloodstream, so they spike your sugar levels, fast. This whole process causes “diet sabotage”, as your body converts these foods into fat much faster, resulting in packing on the pounds! When you choose complex carbohydrate foods you get ‘worthy’ calories because they are less likely to cause that rush of glucose in the bloodstream, and contain vitamins, minerals and fiber, all nutrients that your body needs to perform optimally, bringing you that much closer to your in-home personal training Mississauga and Oakville weight loss goals!

Choosing complex carbs over simple carbs to aid in your weight loss is a matter of making some simple substitutions when it comes to your meals, like having brown rice vs. white rice, or whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta, for example. To know if you’re choosing a complex carb over a simple carb when you’re grocery shopping, skip the refined and processed foods isles (mainly packaged, sugary, and artificial foods), read labels, and look for first ingredients like “whole grains” and “fiber”, and NOT “sugar”, and choose beans, legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables as your carbohydrate sources.

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