Contrary to popular baseless opinions, carbohydrates are not the enemy in losing weight.Â The enemy is too many simple carbohydrates and not enough complex carbohydrates.Â Google simple and complex carbohydrates to find examples in abundance of each. Â
The average American currently consumes 45% carbohydrates, which is not enough, and it consists of mostly simple carbs which explains our ever increasing guts.Â Normally, regularly physically active adults should be consuming 55% to 65% carbohydrates in their daily total caloric intake.Â If you’re worried about blood sugars then focus on complex carbohydrates like whole grains.Â A single serving of a simple carbohydrate is all most adults need per day.
An ideal time of day to eat a serving of simple carbs is in the morning after eight hours of fasting along with a good protein source to get your metabolism working and blood sugars regulated for the day.Â Another serving of simple carbs would be ideal right after a vigorous bout of exercise along with a whey (fast absorbing) protein source.Â Ideally the ratio post vigorous workout is 4 grams of simple sugars to 1 gram of whey protein.
Some of the primary functions of carbohydrates include:
– A major source of energy.Â Your day will feel livelier and less lethargic.Â If you work out, which you should be, your workouts will be more energetic which leads to bigger and faster results.Â Nice, right?
– Provides dietary fibers.Â Intestinal track bacteria build up is not pretty.Â Many illnesses are born from that.
– Helps the body use fat more efficiently.Â That’s right carbohydrates actually helps your body use up fat stores more efficiently.
– Provides fat soluble vitamins, i.e. vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamins are important because they regulate the release of energy in our foods, aids in metabolism, involved in red blood cell production, essential for liver function, essential for blood clotting, and a whole host of other functions to keep you healthy.
– Ensures brain and nervous system health.Â If that goes, you’re dead.Â If brain and nervous health are compromised you make yourself more vulnerable to illness and debilitating disease.Â Eat your carbs!
I have heard ill tutored mentions of the cavemen thousands or millions of years ago who ate primarily meat with little to no carbs in their diet.Â Here is what I have to say about that.Â I’m not sure they ever lived more than 16 – 20 years of age.Â I would bet that the cave men regularly died of severe nutrient deficiencies, a rotting brain, weak nerve impulses, intestinal problems etc. Â
Eat your carbohydrates and eat them the right way!Â It’s essential for weight loss and enhancing over all health and wellness.
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