It is true that carbs get a lot of bad press! Carbohydrates, or carbs for short, always come across as the bad guys. They are considered the adversary in a traditional weight-loss regimen.
We are told that carbohydrates are wicked substances that stick to our bodies, add to our weight and are tremendously hard to shed. It does not help that countless articles, books and papers tell us to avoid them at all costs!
Surprisingly, that is not true at all! Like everything in this world, there are those starches that are good for us. They are required to keep the digestive system healthy. And some, super starches, or “fat-burning fibres” if you like, are great for the gut and act as accelerants to fat loss.
No-carb and low-carb diets stress on counting calories and cutting back on carbs incessantly. Carbs are replaced in the diet completely, as they are considered inessential. The view is that carbs spike up the blood sugar levels, and cause the body to store up fat.
It is true that over-indulging in carbs can have a damaging effect on your blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to further weight gain. Constant indulgence can also lead to serious conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, and in extreme cases, cancer. It is important to be aware of this.
Introducing the Good Carbs
Carbs are an important source of energy for the body. And, avoiding carbs like a plague could do our body more harm than good. The trick is to determine which carbs are good and which aren’t. And what quantity is sufficient to consume. Knowing all this could solve our carb dilemma once and for all.
Here’s the essential info.
It would be obvious to point out that superfood healthy starches, can’t and will not be found in the starchy junk foods such as potato chips or white bread. And it is best to avoid these food types.
Beyond that, we should also know that not all carbs work the same way. White, refined carbohydrates and grains such as those incorporated in bread, pasta and cereals are not healthy foods. On the other hand, unprocessed whole-foods like sweet-potatoes and legumes are rich in carbs and considered quintessentially healthy foods. Among fruits, green (unripened) bananas, papaya, mango, pumpkin and plantains contain healthy starch.
Further, if you lead a more sedentary lifestyle, typically with a desk job or less movement and exercise, you will need to eat fewer carbs overall. Keeping this in mind is important – Controlling your intake and placing a reasonable limit on your carb consumption in sync with your body’s needs.
Losing Weight, the Right Way
It is obvious that we require certain amounts of carbohydrates to function properly. Carbs are a part of a complete and balanced meal. Cutting off carbs from the diet can have some serious repercussions.
Instead, systematically and cautiously reducing the amount of bad carbs in the diet and incorporating good carbs, offers a better solution. The focus should be to remove the unhealthiest carb sources from our diet, like sugars, processed and refined carbs like bread and flours.
This has two effects (1) The healthy starches act as prebiotics, feeding the gut bacteria. This process increases the body’s immunity and state of health. (2) You tend to experience a reduction in your appetite, feeling full and satiated early. The cumulative result is that you automatically shed weight, without the need for calorie counting or portion control.
Take on a Health Coach
Losing weight can be a tricky objective. It definitely requires a ton of knowledge and insight about your body type, and a will to make a difference. This is where a Health Coach can help!
I help my clients by creating the best possible roadmap to achieving their health goals while keeping their bodily needs and health conditions in mind. I support them with advice, through health-checks and timely guidance. Talk to me about your carb doubts, anytime!