That word! CAN YOU BELIEVE I even spoke that word! Right? That’s how I feel we think now days when referring to carbs. I used to be one of those people, and I’d guess if you aren’t right now, at some point you’ve been one of those people. You might have tried to give up carbs because “they’re bad for you”. Or you’ve known someone that’s said something to that degree. I’d also guess that if you were to ask anyone who was trying to lose weight or go on a diet they’re probably giving up carbs too.
CARBS ARE NOT BAD. CARBS ARE NOT BAD FOR YOU. CARBS WILL NOT CAUSE YOU TO BE “FAT”.
So why do we believe that?
Society. There’s always some new research out about the latest fad. You know it’s been low-fat, for a while many went on the gluten free “diet” that’s NOT a diet, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc. etc. etc. etc. And of course, low-carb.
Here’s the truth that you might not know. Carbohydrates are a macronutrient, so the body needs this nutrient period but also needs it in a large quantity (dependent upon body type). Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of immediate energy. Meaning, when your body needs energy to do something (like workout) it goes straight to carbs. That’s why triathletes and runners do carb loading before races. Did you also know that carbs are the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells? Carbs store energy and can improve digestive health and cholesterol levels. Hold up, say what?!
Have you ever been told to NOT eat fiber? No. You’ve been told to increase fiber to help regulate your digestive system. Bet you didn’t know that fiber is a type of carb.
Are different types of carbs more not as beneficial to your health as others? Yes. Have you ever noticed when you cut out carbs that you have NO energy? Probably. Have you ever wondered why low carb diets have worked?
“So Molly, why does a low carb diet work?” I know I was sure wondering this too. Low carb diets do work for some people. Each body has its own requirement for the amount of nutrients it needs to function, so each body knows how much carbohydrates it needs to fuel your body. However, when we each too much for our body’s requirement, it begins to store it as fat. And that’s why most people attribute carbs to weight gain or being overweight.
How do you know how much your body needs or what kinds of carbs are better for your health? Contact me and we can talk about it.
Side note: Go to my Instagram @4youhealthcoaching and click on the picture with the ruffles and pop-tarts to see my thoughts about “bad foods”.