When we talk about weigh loss invariably we need to address the nutrition topic as well, because our eating habits are in great part responsible for our weight. Carbohydrate intake is something that we are normally concerned with when we are trying to lose weight but, how exactly does the "carb and weight loss" relationship work?... This article will explain the role of carbohydrates in the ongoing battle of losing weight.
Carbohydrates are one of the major sources of energy our body uses to function. The digestive system brakes them down producing glucose (blood sugar) that supply cells with energy. Cells take only what they need to function, then the next stop for the extra glucose that can not be used immediately is the liver and muscles, where it is stored in the form of glycogen. Once we have a full reserve of glycogen, whatever glucose is left is converted to fat.
There are different types of carbohydrates, they could be simple or complex depending on their chemical composition, but it's a bit more complicated to classify carbs when it comes to the way they get digested in our body. For the purpose of this article we will talk about good and bad carbs based on their effect on blood sugar.
Bad carbs get digested very fast producing high bursts of blood sugar and the body will not have a chance to use it all for energy or store it as glycogen, so most of it will be turn into fat causing us to gain weight... Terrible carb and weight loss relationship.
Good carbs on the other hand, get digested more slowly, producing a more stable source of energy that can then be used more efficiently by our body, leaving smaller amounts if any that will need to be converted to fat. Perfect carb and weight loss relationship.
Carbohydrates provide us with energy necessary for our daily activities, if we want to lose weight we need to get our supply of energy from good carbs. Sources of good carbs include fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans. Try to avoid highly processed foods, white bread, white rice and of course sugary drinks, as these are all sources of bad carbs.