Carbohydrates are all about energy & are found in foods like fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, & dairy products.
Your body uses these foods to make glucose, which is your body's main energy source. Glucose is a type of sugar that can be used right away for energy or stored away to be used later. There is a lot of talk around 'good carbs' & 'bad carbs', low carb diets & no carbs diets - it can all get a bit confusing. Here a few few tips to help you choose nutrent & fibre rich carbs that will enhance your diet & can help with managing your weight.
The best carbohydrates to include in your diet are those that contain a lot of fiber, like vegetables, fruits & whole grains. These types of carbohydrates take longer to break down into glucose & give you the most nutrients along with your calories. Refined carbohydrates are sometimes referred to as 'bad carbs'. These are carbohydrates that have been processed to remove parts of the grain & have had sugar added. Common examples of refined or processed carbohydrates are white bread, cakes & cookies.
One of the best weight-loss guidelines is to eliminate sources of simple sugars such as soda, sweets, lollies, cakes, cookies & similar snack foods. Choose foods with few or no grams of sugar. Foods high in fiber are best because they provide optimal nutrition while giving a sense of fullness.
If you choose a low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss & take in fewer calories, you will lose weight. Generally these diets involve eating less bread & pasta, & more vegetables, fruit & meat. Try to eat plenty of fresh fruit & vegetables, which can add variety, colo & flavor to your meals. Whole grains such as whole wheat, corn tortillas & brown rice are great sources of healthy carbohydrates.
Check the nutritional label for carbohydrate information, including total carbohydrates, dietary fiber & sugars when you are shopping. Choose fiber-rich carbohydrate foods & avoid added sugars.
Making healthy carbohydrate choices & increasing physical activity is the healthiest path to weight management. If you need any help with a Meal & Activity Plan, just hit us up at You Got This Fitness.