Carbohydrates – good or bad for you? Well this is a difficult question to every single person they are one of the three macronutrients. Which is essential for high amount of energy in body. But to decrease weight people use low-carb diet these day.
There is no definition for a low-carb diet. It is simply a diet that is lower in carbohydrates than what is recommended or than what most people consume.
The dietary guidelines recommended that 45-65 percent of calories come from carbohydrates.
So any diet with carbs intake less than 45 % of total calories is considered a low-carb diet.
So here are some questions which comes to your mind when you think about carbs.
What are carbohydrates?
Carbs are one of three macronutrients that we need for our first source of energy. Carbs can be found in fruits, whole grains, refined grains, vegetable, dairy, and sugar.
Are carbs bad?
No! there are a wide range of healthy food that contains carbs. Cutting carbs out of our diets could result into a lack of micronutrients ingesting simple refined carbs aren’t as good as taking in healthy complex carbs like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and even quinoa
Will carbohydrates make me fat ?
Eating too much of anything will ultimately put you into a caloric surplus, resulting in gaining weight.
Will carbs make me sleep?
Maybe. It depends when you’re eating and how much you’re eating. This really has not been scientifically proven but eating complex carbs along with healthy fats and a moderate amount of protein will provide natural energy.
Will carbohydrates make my muscles bigger?
No! eating well-balanced meals and eating in a caloric surplus along with consistent weight training will result in muscle gain. Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen which is what is what we get our energy form.
Will carbs constipate me?
Carbs with fiber in it will help your digestive system work more efficiently. Eating whole grains, fruits, and veggies will help fight against constipation. Refined carbs, rice and bread will not help with your constipation.
Where do carbs go in your body?
Carbs will break down your carbs into sugars. Since our bodies run off of glucose, carbs become our first source of energy. Once broken down, these sugars enter our bloodstreams which then fuels our brain, muscles with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, to help slow down the quick absorption of sugar in the blood and give you a longer sustainable sources of energy, preventing spikes and crashing of energy.
How many carbs should I eat in a day?
All depends. If you’re looking to lose weight versus maintaining or gain weight, it will vary. Aiming for in-between 45-60% of your daily intake should be carbs. Another ay to gauge how much grams of carbs you should be consuming depending on weight goals, is to consume about 1.1-1.6 X body weight. Also keep in mind what kind of barbs you’re consuming, whether being refined or complex carbs.
Which carbohydrates are good for people with diabetes?
People with diabetes should still eat carbohydrates. Remember carbs break down into sugar/ glucose. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables would be great source of carbs. I highly recommend speaking with a nutritionist or dietician to help guide you.
I’m way over on carbs, what do I do?
It’s okay. Do not feel guilty about it. That’s completely normal simply taking a walk after indulging in a good amount of carbs will help lower your blood sugar levels. Trying to outwork your iet is not sustainable but working out regularly will allow a little bit of wiggle room when wanting to eat more carbs.
Is it dangerous to mix fats and carbs?
No! you should actually be combining food groups to help regulates blood level and sustain energy longer.
I’m on a low carb diet and I’m not losing weight. why?
Most of us correlate eating less carbs with losing weight. Although we need to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight, we tend to drastically cut our carbs thinking it’ll help with the weight loss, but instead, our bodies will then enter into starvation mode, wanting to hold on to every calorie. This is our body’s natural way to preserving itself.
If i am looking for a low carbs snacks what should i reach for?
Read your nutritional labels. first figure out about how many carbs you should be consuming daily and gauge your preferences based on that. veggies, nuts and seeds, rice cakes, yougurt, etc. there are countless option.