Carbs! – Yay or Nay?

Hey legends,

I get so many questions and queries based on carbohydrates, are they good, bad? When to eat them/ not eat them? 

So let’s dive into some information on carbohydrates: 

Some Alternatives!

Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy: They help fuel your brain, kidneys, heart muscles, and central nervous system. For instance, fiber is a carbohydrate that aids in digestion, helps you feel full, and keeps blood cholesterol levels in check.

So let me explain ‘whole’ vs. ‘refined’ carbs:

There are many different types of carbohydrate-containing foods, and they can vary in their health effects.

Carbs are sometimes referred to as “simple” versus “complex” or “whole” versus “refined.”

Whole carbs are minimally processed and contain the fiber found naturally in the food, while refined carbs have been processed more and have had the natural fiber removed or changed.

Examples of whole carbs include:

  • vegetables
  • quinoa
  • barley
  • legumes
  • potatoes
  • whole grains
  • oats
  • beans

On the other hand, refined carbs include:

  • sugar-sweetened beverages
  • white bread
  • pastries
  • other items made with white flour

Refined carbohydrates tend to cause spikes in blood sugar levels, which can lead to a subsequent crash that can trigger hunger and lead to food cravings. 

Complex carbohydrates are found in whole grains and are loaded with fiber, which can bulk up food and slow down the digestion process. The result is, you feel full for a longer period of time which will help in eating less. Hence, whole-grain, high fiber carbohydrates can actually help promote weight loss!

When you consume carbs at night, you will have less time to burn them off, meaning the carbs will convert into fat when you go to sleep. It is most commonly believed that consuming carbs at night can ruin a regular healthy diet. Consuming carbs at night is known to be the worst enemy of weight loss.

Furthermore, not to mention the bad effect it can have on sleep. Remember the rollercoaster of sugar and insulin levels we mentioned above. That will take you out of sleep very early in the night and will disrupt your sleep leaving you feeling tired the next day. So please try and avoid eating close to bedtime, especially refined carbohydrates.

I hope this information has been helpful for you! Like always the team is here to help you! If you feel you need further help with your eating journey please send us an email or call us, you can find our contact details here.

Stay safe, stay healthy and we can’t wait to see you soon!

Team FitTech!

Abby Simpson

EMS Trainer/Personal Trainer @FitTech Studios

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