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Blog- Not All Carbs Are Created Equal. Which One Should You Eliminate?

Not All Carbs Are Created Equal. Which One Should You Eliminate?

 

Do you know the difference between good and bad carbohydrates? If you don't, that's okay, we're here to help you! People say they've sworn off carbs, but in reality they should only be eliminating the type that’s bad for them: refined carbs. Refined Carbs are stripped of their fiber and nutrients, which your body needs. 

 

On the other hand, good carbs are full of fiber and nutrients. These are called complex carbohydrates. Sources of these carbs are steel cut oats, brown rice, and sweet potato. You can enjoy these types of carbs with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks!

 

Is it a big deal if they're low in nutrients? There’s a whole industry designed to sell supplements just to get our vitamins, right? Studies have shown that consuming these bad carbs have long-term negative effects on your health. Yes it is a big deal, especially when you’ve made the decision to obtain a healthier lifestyle! 

 

Have you ever eaten a bag of cookies, then suddenly looked down and saw that most of the bag was empty? We all have, and guess what? That could very well be a result of consuming refined carbs. Even though they can be delicious, they have been linked with overeating. Good carbs let you know when you're full, but bad carbs actually encourage you to pig out! 

 

What started out as enjoying a cookie or two has turned into a total calorie bomb and one that your body isn’t ready for. Whenever you overeat, you’re at risk of gaining weight and adding inches to your waistline. This can lead to obesity, which causes you to develop Type 2 Diabetes and that means your body can no longer process sugar as before. If that happens, you can pretty much say goodbye to sweets and treats, and don’t we all deserve the occasional slice of cake?  

 

As you’re cutting out refined carbs from your diet, search for healthy alternatives. Look for snack cakes that are low in sugar and high in complex carbs. With the right combinations, you may very well trick your brain into thinking that you’re indulging! Be sure to fill up on complex carbs, such as oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, and barely. They can make you feel full enough you don't even want a bag of cookies or a piece of cake! 

 

Pro Tip - Every meal should have a protein and a vegetable/fruit in it. I often have fruit in the morning with my breakfast, and vegetables with my lunch & dinner. Remember, fruit and veggies are carbs too. These are good carbs (fructose) because they are a natural source of carbs and they don't have sugar added.  


 


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