The Carb Effect: Acceptable or Atrocious? Let’s discuss the great debate of Good Carbs v Bad Carbs.
So you’ve been on a diet for the obvious reason: You don’t want to get fat or you don’t want to put on weight. One word – Carbs.
While on your diet plan, this is the one thing you’ve been avoiding like the plague. It is has been pointed out that it can be the sole reason why people increase their body weight.
This is how it happens. You ingest high-carb foods. The carbs are converted to blood glucose. Just as the carb-party gets started, the high-level of glucose triggers the party police – insulin. Insulin converts the glucose into glycogen and “locks it up” in the liver and muscles. Only problem is, there is limited storage space! So there is no choice but to store the excess glycogen as body fat.
If this is true, should carbs be the least of our consideration when having a balanced diet?
The Parody of It All
Yes, carbs make you fat.
Be that as it may, you cannot do without them. It’s like a love-hate relationship. As a matter of fact, they are essential to your diet.
It would be utterly ridiculous to claim that all carbs are diabolic elements sent straight from hell. From your childhood, despite your denial, you always knew that fruits and vegetables are essential for the body. Well, fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates, or “diabolic elements” if you may.
So slow down and stop ruling out carbs entirely. It’s all about the type of carbs you take in.
Not All Carbs are Diabolic
So you dodge breads and grains because you don’t want that pot belly. In fact, you avoid ALL carbs; that is a colossal blunder.
You heard someone say, “Unless you want to be a sumo-wrestler, stay clear, by all means, from carbs.”
Like most people, you had no idea what foods would qualify as carbs. What you did next was ask people around or run to your search engine to find out what foods have carbs. At that point you created a list of the things you will and will not eat.
Generalizing a ban on carbs creates a scenario where there is a lot of misunderstanding, which does result in bad dieting. So you’ll meet people avoiding rice or potatoes, when the reality is you can still eat these foods. In fact, they could be monumental in helping you cut your weight. They are also important if you are trying to build muscle.
There are a Few Malicious Ones Though
There is always a rotten potato in the sack. There are some types of carbs that do you more harm than good. Some people are either gluten sensitive or have a problem with inflammation. Such people constantly suffer from allergies whenever they take certain types of carbs.
There are also instances where these nutrients give a sense of bloating. This is more commonly felt when taking lots of sugars and certain processed foods.
Before you begin getting ready to start figuring out what foods fit where, the point being made here is not intended to make you obsessed with what you can and cannot eat. It cannot be generally claimed that all people should skip specific types of food or levels of carbs.
The truth is the amount of carbs you can eat and what you can tolerate all depends on your body. Your body might actually receive carbs the right way.
How on Earth am I Supposed to Trust Carbs?
You could doubt all the hear-say you come across. You cannot trust what everyone seems to believe or say.
Wasn’t there a point in time when they said the world is flat?
There is a lot of information that could make you skeptical. You have to trust the science though. There has been research carried out that proves that carbs could do your body a lot of good. This research proved that low-carb diets are effective at increasing HDL (a good cholesterol), and decreasing triglycerides (these play a major role in heart attacks).
Low-carb diets are equally as important as low-fat diets, none is more effective than the other when losing weight or reducing blood pressure, glucose and insulin levels.
Still don’t trust the science? Then trust the numbers. One such experiment investigated 23 trials from multiple countries. In total there were 2,788 participants.
Another irrefutable actuality you cannot ignore is that the healthiest populations in the world have diets that are loaded with lots of carbohydrates. The Top-10 countries in the world with the very lowest obesity rates all consume a carb-dominant diet regime. (It would appear carbs are America’s kryptonite!)
So What’s the Trick?
The trick is that you need to have the right types of carbs, in the right quantities to better understand and guide your eating habits.
We’ve already established that whether you’re losing weight or building a body fit to fight off diseases, seeking a healthier diet or building muscle, you need a good carb intake. That means you have to consider a lower intake approach instead of taking none at all. You could take 100 to 200 grams per day.
Don’t over-indulge either by drinking lots of soda and telling yourself it’s okay. Find out where carbs come from. Consider a diet that has a lot of wholemeal foods instead of processed ones. It goes without saying that you need to eat the good stuff: proteins, vegetables & fruits.
You don’t have to completely avoid breads, grains, rice or sugary foods. You can have those once in a while, as long as 90% of the time you are eating healthy types of food.
But…. if tasting a little will open the gates of hell and lead you to quickly back off from your diet, then it would be better to refrain from them completely.
A lot of people will have great results on a bit more carbohydrates, while other people will probably suffer. All you can do is to look deeply at your food choices to ensure they are both nutritious and meet your needs exactly. Play around and also practice patience.
With all that in mind, take the important step and discover the best balance for your own body. Allow it to become the truth with regards to your personal dietary approach on carbohydrates.
Be smart! Take care of yourself.