With all the dietary fads out there, we are given contradicting dietary advice from well-meaning advisors. When it comes to Carbs, you should try not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Carbs have a place in your dietary requirements. The reason they have been given a bad rap is that modern society eats way too much of them, which can cause you to become insulin resistant. This can be a precursor to diabetes and other health issues, never minding the addictive dopamine rush we get from consuming too much sugar…
Most of us know that carbs are the bad kids on the block of a dietary regime… If you’ve been adding your carb intake up on the Thorfit App or another similar App, you will notice that there are carbs everywhere… probably under your bed if you look there too….
When you get your carbs from a healthy salad or vegetables, then you’re feeding your body, and that’s a good thing. The problem with carbs, though is that they appear in highly processed foods. When you treat yourself to a Dunkin donut, you’re getting about as much nutritional value as eating white sugar with a tablespoon. Sure, you’re eating carbs, but there’s no actual nutritional value to be found.
In the most basic way, simple carbs are table sugar, syrup, and soft drinks… like soda…These should be avoided, except on Cheat days. The bad carbs are things like cakes, beer, biscuits, and fudge…
Complex Carbs include porridge, apples, cardboard, and peas….
For a long time, people believed that complex carbohydrates were universally better for you than simple carbohydrates, but that isn’t always the case. You see, your body takes both complex and simple carbohydrates and tries to break them down into useable sugar energy to fuel your muscles and organs. It’s not the type of carbohydrate that really matters, but how quickly your body can break it down and how much it will spike your blood glucose levels.
It’s not as simple as dividing complex carbs from simple ones, though. A slightly more sophisticated way to rate carbohydrate quality is something called the glycaemic index (GI). The GI attempts to classify foods by how quickly they break down and how high they boost blood sugar levels.
Neither low carb diets nor low GI diets represent a magic pill for fat loss. The correct approach is to recognize carbs as the energy source that they represent, eat the right amount to fuel the metabolism which in turn will help you to burn fat.
WITHOUT CARBS, YOUR BODY WILL BEGIN TO BREAK DOWN YOUR MUSCLE TISSUE TO FUEL YOUR BODY, WHICH WILL SABOTAGE YOUR EFFORTS IN THE GYM.
As a rule, you should aim to consume around 0,5grams to 0,75 grams per pound of bodyweight. Don’t eat carbs on their own. If you mix them with some protein, then the breakdown of carbs happens slower, and you don’t become prone to energy spikes.
Carbs are not to be demonized. They are part of the foods that we should be eating Carbs are your friend, but they can also be your undoing. While you’re getting used to the broad brushstrokes of this lifestyle program, we’re going to tell you when and how many carbs you should be having.