It's so easy to get sucked into the mentality that carbs are bad and scary. You're going to have a lot of people tell you this, but the truth is, they aren't.
Truth bomb: Your body NEEDS carbs.
As a matter of fact, (as a general rule of thumb) you should be getting somewhere between 45%-65% of your calories from carbs.
CARBS GIVE YOUR BODY ENERGY
When your body needs energy to, you know, function, it goes to the carbs that you have eaten to get that energy. And if you haven't eaten enough...Well, you know those muscles you work hard for? That's where it will turn to next--the protein in your muscles.
Without carbohydrates in your body, your body will basically start "eating" its own muscles- those muscles you put time, energy, and hard work into! THAT seems counterproductive to me!
Q: So how do I know what carbs I can eat?
A: You're going to want to stay away from any carb that falls into these 3 categories: Sugars, Added sugars, and Refined white grains.
Q: Someone told me I shouldn't have fruit every day.
A: According to myself, my meal planning and weight loss experience, and the USDA, that is incorrect. The amount of fruit you should consume should correlate with your lifestyle, age, and weight. Most people should have about 2 servings a day.
Q: This doesn't make any sense. How can you still eat carbs and lose weight? Don't you have to change your habits to lose weight?
A: Yes, why yes, you do.
But carbs aren't "evil," and they certainly aren't the cause of obesity today. We live in a time where processed foods are everywhere, and manufacturers label them as "lean," "calorie-free," "sugar-free," and "low calorie." They lead us to believe that the Lean Cuisine meal that you had for dinner yesterday is going to help you lose weight, but that simply isn't true.
We have two big issues in our society that are causing the trend and rise of obesity:
1. Processed foods
2. Portion control
If you can get these under control in your life, you're going to have a much easier time, you'll feel better have energy, and lose weight easier.
Some suggestions for good carbs to include in your diet:
Fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grain products
(for a complete list, or help including these into your diet, message me at FB: OnceUponATimeFitness or email me)
Jillian Shanahan is an online job coach, mentor, and teacher.