Eat Your Carbs!

How many of you have tried the no carb diet? More importantly, how many of you have been able to sustain a lifestyle of no carbs?

While you may have seen results from a no-carb/low-carb diet the likelihood you were able to sustain that diet modification as a permanent change isn’t as certain.

It seems that any time we completely cut something out of our diet we tend to have cravings for those items. Sometimes those cravings overpower our willpower and result in binges on the things we have been depriving ourselves.

While I am not a registered dietician I believe cutting out any type of nutrient (for reasons other than allergies) can have a negative result on your body, especially carbs.

Did you know that…

  • Carbs serve as the primary energy source for working muscles?
  • Carbs ensure that the brain and nervous system function properly?
  • Carbs helps the body use fat more efficiently?

The problem is we generally fail to distinguish the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Much of what most people consume is in the form of simple carbohydrates or sugars rather than complex carbohydrates like whole grain breads, cereal, rice and pasta.

When it comes to choosing healthy carbs a rule of thumb is stay away from the white processed foods – bread, rice, pasta. Choose whole grains when possible.

Fruits and vegetables are also a good source of healthy carbs. Not to mention you need healthy portions of fruits and vegetables each day anyway!

If you want a great, FREE resource to help you personalize an eating plan check out http://www.mypyramid.gov/.

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