Carbohydrates : The Misconceptions Surrounding This VITAL Macronutrient

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Unfortunately a proportion of society have a slightly warped idea of carbohydrate and what it does. Hopefully you aren't one of those people and do include carbohydrates in your diet, here is why....

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates primary function is to provide an energy source so that it fuels your body for the different tasks you put it through on a daily basis. They are an essential part of your diet and come in different forms which will meet your carbohydrate requirements depending on what type of 'fuel' you need. Complex and simple foods make up the two types of carbohydrates you can include within your diet and they both offer different nutritional values.

Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are ones that take longer to break down once consumed. They provide a slower release of energy and are usually a healthier option than simple carbohydrates. Complex foods mean that they also keep you fuller for longer which will help prevent snacking on unhealthy foods. These type of complex carbohydrates you should be including in your diet are foods like sweet potato, brown rice, porridge and other such slow releasing foods. These foods will keep you in a good mood and prevent you feeling tired and sluggish.

Simple Carbohydrates

On the other hand of the carbohydrate spectrum are the simple, faster releasing foods which do have their place but need to be monitored. For instance simple carbohydrates like white rice, white pasta, normal baking potatoes etc are foods when consumed are quickly converted into an energy source ready for your body to use. If you sit down regularly or aren't physically active, although you may find these foods taste better they aren't going to be beneficial for you. Simple carbohydrates are usually also stripped of their nutritional content so they tend to not offer us the benefits that complex carbohydrates do, so try and keep an eye on when you eat these.

Stop Crashing

Do you still think after reading what you have read so far you are going to stick with no carbs? Well how many of you consider a main reason for you to cut carbohydrates out of your diet is because they make you feel tired? Carbohydrates make you feel sluggish and bloat you and this isn't a pleasant feeling for you? What I want you to think about is what type of carbohydrate source you tend to eat? Is it the simple carbohydrate kind which spike your blood sugar levels and can leave you feeling sleepy and tired? Did you know that when you consume simple carbohydrates your body has energy ready to use and if it isn't used it is then stored in the body. It is converted into body fat and this is another reason why you don't want to eat carbohydrates but there is a solution....

In order to get to where you want to be you need to assess the foods you eat. 

Eat To Live NOT Live To Eat

I have to be brutally honest because the fitness industry is full of rubbish, carbohydrates are not bad for you and you should include them in your diet. In my 8 years experience in this industry I have to say the real reason why carbohydrates are eliminated from your diet is due to the lack of discipline to say NO to foods that you simply do not need in your diet. You see, you should be eating to survive and not the other way around. This means you should be having foods which your body needs and not over indulge or regularly give yourselves snacks throughout the day which are no good for you. How many times do you eat a simple carbohydrate source, crash, feel hungry again AND what's worse is you repeat this process. So you constantly yo yo and you constantly feel high and low.

The Future

So many of you will have cut carbohydrates out of your diet in an attempt to lose weight and let me tell you that this way IS NOT the way to go forward. You see, this won't last and what will happen is you will re introduce carbohydrates into your diet some day soon and you're more likely to put on weight than ever before! Why? Because your body and your metabolism simply isn't used to having the extra calories which will likely store as body fat. So what will happen is you will gain weight and think the only way to lose it again is to skip carbohydrates out of your diet!!

My Advice

My final advice to you is to WATCH what you eat and assess if you need the foods that you are eating. You can have carbohydrates in your day and still lose weight but in order to do so you need to be disciplined and say no sometimes to foods that aren't going to be beneficial to you at that specific time. I want you to make smart choices on what foods to have and if you sit down all day, behind a desk it is more important that you take in this last sentence above all else. Make Smart Choices which will limit your chances of gaining weight and will keep you happy and healthy.

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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