For the love of carbs, why do people hate them much? All they ever did was give us energy but sadly, they are given a bad rep because of the damn media.👎
First off, what is a carbohydrate???
Carbohydrates are primary energy sources of fuel for the body. Besides giving you energy to move, they are important for brain regulation and bodily functions. When people consume too little, the body targets protein for a source of energy to use, leading to muscle loss. This is why it’s very important to make sure you eat a balanced diet that doesn’t restrict carbs, protein, or fats. They all work together to keep your body running strong!
Nowadays, people seem to fear carbs because they believe it leads to weight gain…. Not really. Over consumption of ANY nutrient can lead to weight gain, even if you ate all your calories for the day in just vegetables. A lot of people also under estimate how much their bodies actually need so they eat less, slowing down the metabolism for the long run. If you are in a restrictive diet(no matter what weight you are at), your body goes into a “starvation mode”. When in starvation mode, your body wants to store the energy you give it because it’s afraid of not getting enough in the future.
eat a little more= faster metabolism= happier, healthier self😋
Back to carbs.👇
There are two kinds of carbs: simple and complex.
Complex carbohydrates contain more fiber, minerals, and take longer to digest-leaving you more satiated. Now that doesn’t go to say that simple carbohydrates are “bad”, they are just digested faster and used for quick energy. Both simple and complex are broken down in the body into sugars for fuel.
Ever notice you are shaky or sluggish all of a sudden? That’s your body telling you blood sugar dropped and you need to fuel up!
I get really sad when I see people getting afraid to eat fruit because “it has too much sugar”…. I’m like: 😭
Fruit is so healthy! Yes, it does have naturally occurring fructose but they are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. All of those vitamins and minerals are magical creatures that fight off nasty infections and diseases! Fruit intake can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. 🍎🍊🍌🍇🍒
Nutritionists suggest that 50-60 percent of your intake should be from carbohydrates. Also, after some research I have done, sugar in your diet doesn’t have a link to disease or hyperactivity, just as long as you don’t consume large amounts for every meal.
I also have to remind you all that carbs after dark is NOT A BAD THING! Your body doesn’t run on a clock.🕓 It doesn’t know what time it is and is ALWAYS running even when you are sleeping.😴 Every night before bed, I have a big snack and you know what? Some days I actually wake up feeling leaner and content. I have noticed that when I eat a ton of protein before bed, I wake up still a little bloated and full.😁 The energy I gave my body before bed was still used and since carbs don’t take as long to digest, I didn’t wake up feeling as full.
Obviously, if you are an athlete, you need MORE because when you workout, you use glycogen stores as an energy source.
I hope you all got something out of this. No food is bad! Everything in moderation is perfectly normal for your body. Those low-carb diets, don’t last. They just end up with severe cravings and overeat other things. Listen to your body and be kind to yourself ❤️