We have all been told at one point or another that carbs are our worst enemy—on par with sugary, fatty snacks and sodas. But the truth is, not only are carbs not the devil, but they are actually necessary, and good for you. Like any other food type, or food group, as long as you are getting the right kinds of carbs, and eating them in moderation, they can be your best friend. Furthermore, a no-carb diet is almost impossible. Carbohydrates are commonly associated with bread, pasta, grains, etc., which is true; those foods are packed with carbohydrates. However, there are other forms of carbs such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
Yes, it is true that the common denominator and basic structure of each carbohydrate is a sugar molecule. However, not all carbs were created equal! Have you ever heard of simple carbs and complex carbs? Complex carbs are the best for you, while simple, processed carbs are the worst. Before getting into the specifics of what kind of carbs you should try to consume, let us first give you 3 reasons why you need carbs, in general, as part of your regular diet (even if it is a LOW carb diet).
1) Carbohydrates are used as our primary energy source to fuel our bodies, which is easily obtained in the form of glucose. Without a supply of carbohydrates, fatigue and “crankiness” are very common.
2) If we do not have carbohydrates in our system, the body will turn to fatty tissue to get the glucose necessary to fuel our bodies. When more energy is needed, the next line of defense is protein tissue in the muscles. Basically, carbohydrates are necessary, even more so, for active people—such as those trying to lose weight!
3) Complex carbs are great for digestion (see: fiber).
Low carb diets (not to be confused with NO carb diets) have been shown to assist in weight loss. Instead of cutting out carbs, make the appropriate substitutions to promote optimal health. Consume whole grains (whole wheat bread instead of white bread, brown rice instead of processed white rice, whole grain pasta) and lots of delicious fruits and vegetables. Oatmeal, nuts, and beans are another great source of carbohydrates that are also a good source of fiber and protein.
Everyone should include carbs in their diets. If you are trying to cut back on carbs to lose some weight, and feel fatigued, that is completely normal, and even expected. Grab a Phix Energy and keep your day and your diet going!