Good Carbs VS Bad Carbs: Why Not All Carbohydrates Are The Enemy
If you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy diet, one of the first food groups that you may look to eliminate are carbohydrates. Pastas, rice, bread and potatoes all have a reputation as being foods that will only work to add centimetres to your waistline, however this is not always necessarily the case as not all carbs are made equal!
What Is A Carbohydrate?
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients in our diet, along with protein and fat, acting as one of the body’s main fuel sources. The body breaks most of your carb intake down and transforms it into glucose, which is then used as energy and what isn’t converted to glucose is stored in the body as fat. However, this doesn’t mean that carbs are going to make you gain weight, rather the body uses stored fat for energy once the glucose supplies are depleted. Therefore, if you are eating a balanced diet and eating appropriately to fuel your body, you will actually thrive on carbs.
Complex, Simple and Refined Carbs – What Is The Difference?
Complex carbohydrates are essentially made up of longer chains of sugar molecules – this means they take longer for the body to break down and be used as energy. These foods are often a longer lasting fuel source and will keep the body fuller for longer. These foods, such as potatoes, legumes and whole grains should be consumed in moderation.
Simple carbohydrates are made up of just one or two sugar molecules making them quicker for your body to break down and absorb into the bloodstream, causing a spike in you blood sugar levels. However, this doesn’t always mean they are bad for you, fruit and milk are considered a simple carb. They provide other nutritional benefits and are often good for a quick burst of energy. With that being said, other simple carbohydrates include, juice, lollies and soft drinks, and are all foods that should be consumed in moderation or avoided all together where possible.
Refined carbohydrates are grains that have been processed, removing the germ of the grain. This strips them of any fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that they may have previously contained, essentially making them empty calories. These are also foods that should also be avoided or swapped out for healthier alternatives. Some examples of refined carbs are; white pasta, white rice, white bread and pastries. Choose wholegrain bread and pasta where possible for a more nutritious and delicious alternative, without having to completely remove carbs from your diet all-together!
Link to Physical Activity
Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in your muscles, providing energy, allowing for explosive bursts of strength and longer lasting workouts. If the body is not fuelled correctly, it will burn other macronutrients instead, for example protein. This can lead to muscle depletion and lethargy. Therefore, for a relatively active person the consumption of carbohydrates is necessary to get the best out of your activity.
Maintaining a balanced diet, when combined with SculpSure’s treatments and regular exercise, can ensure that you maintain a toned physique, as well as a healthier lifestyle. Our revolutionary and non-invasive body contouring technology can remove stubborn fat cells and help remove problem areas in as little as 25 minutes treatment sessions.
Contact your local SculpSure provider to learn more about how you can take the next step towards a healthier you.