Carbs have been given a bad name with 'low carb' diets the latest trend. But in reality not all carbs are bad, some help you lose weight. Here are some important facts.
Carbs are your body's main source of energy. They also provide important vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Carbs are divided into two types termed 'simple' and 'complex'.
Knowing the difference and how carbs impact on blood sugar levels is vital for natural weight loss.
You will discover the type of carbs you eat significantly affects your ability to lose weight.
Simple carbs include table sugar and honey. Some carbohydrate foods are high in simple sugars. For example: white bread, breakfast cereals, sweets, biscuits, cakes, bakery products, chocolate and fruit (fruit contains fructose).
Simple carbs have a high glycemic index (GI). They cause massive spikes in your blood sugar levels.
When there is too much sugar in your blood your body takes steps to control this. The sugar is quickly stored in the muscle and liver. When these store houses are full the sugar is converted to fat and stored as fat, especially belly fat.
Beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks, alcohol and fruit juices are also packed with high amounts of sugar. Replace these drinks with filtered water, herbal teas or sparkling water.
Complex carbs are comprised of starchy and fibre rich foods. They are processed by your digestive system much more slowly than simple carbs.
Examples include; legumes (beans), grains, bread, pasta and vegetables. It also includes starchy foods such as potatoes, wheat, rice and corn.
Most complex carbs are high in nutrients. They contain a range of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Complex carbs are preferred over simple carbs. They provide sustained energy and do not play havoc with your blood sugar control.
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