Carbohydrates and Weight Loss

Carb intake for weight loss has always been the most debated topic when it comes to losing weight. The first thing you have to know is that there are two types of carbs; simple and complex. Simple carbs come from foods such as bread, pasta, cereals, potatoes and tofutti, whereas complex carbs come from vegetables like broccoli and carrots. It has long been believed that high-carb diets are bad for you, however recent research shows that there are exceptions, in that consuming a high carb diet for weight loss does not have a negative effect on blood sugar levels, and in some cases, may even be beneficial.

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Studies have shown that both type of carbs can help you lose weight. A good idea would be to eat as much as you normally do, then divide this by six or seven and see what happens. The reason why is because eating fifty grams of carbs per day may be beneficial for someone who is trying to lose a lot of weight, while eating twice that may not be the best idea. Of course eating even more than this would also have the same effect, so don’t overdo it.

The problem with eating too many carbs is that you will feel tired, gassy, foggy and grumpy. While eating large amounts of carbs will allow your body to burn energy more quickly, you are still likely to feel sluggish after eating a large amount. To counter this problem, you should alternate between complex and simple carbs, and eat more frequently. Eating five or six smaller meals a day will give your stomach a rest and enable you to get through the day with fewer problems.

Another good idea for carb intake for weight loss is sticking to low-fat diets and exercising regularly. While eating less fat will make you lose weight, the type of fat you eat will have a huge impact on how your body uses the carbs you consume. Eating a high-fiber diet and exercising regularly will greatly increase your metabolic rate, which will greatly reduce your need to eat carbs.

You should also keep an eye on how many calories you are consuming. If you’re taking in too many calories (you should be below your desired BMR) then you are likely to get tired more quickly and have lower energy levels. Try to eat three small meals a day, instead of the customary five, and see if this makes a difference to your energy levels. It’s also a good idea to keep track of your food intake so you can see if you are eating too many calories for your desired weight loss goal.

Carbohydrates are an important part of any weight loss plan. However, if you are serious about losing weight you should choose your carbs carefully. When choosing carbohydrates, choose ones that come from fibres, fruits and vegetables. By eating more fibres and staying away from simple carbs, you can drastically cut down on your carbohydrate intake. You should also try and eat as many carbs as possible without adding unhealthy fats to your diet. Fibre rich carbs such as brown rice, whole wheat bread and pasta are great additions to your diet and will help you stay healthy and prevent boredom during your exercise routine.

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