What’s the Big Deal about Carbs? - Sherwood Park Personal Training

What’s the Big Deal about Carbs?

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Starchy carbs get so much attention when it comes to nutrition conversations because they are the biggest double-edged sword our bodies have to deal with.


On one hand, energy in the body comes from glucose molecules (carbs in their basic sugar form) but on the other, our bodies weren’t designed to be surrounded by so many readily available carbs. Proteins and fats turn into this too.


So when our body does get an onslaught of starchy carbs (usually from refined sugars in all of our indulgence foods or simple carbs found in anything baked with flour), it handles them by releasing insulin. Insulin is responsible for a lot of important functions in the body, but by design, it is a storage hormone.


So instead of signaling our body to burn fat, our bodies actually get the signal to store fat whenever we eat a lot of starchy carbs.


This is why you can expect to make the biggest dent in your weight loss if you begin to control starchy carbs with every meal.




Fibrous Carb Rich Foods (good ones – eat up):

• Raw or lightly cooked vegetables

• Beans and legumes

• Fruits (mostly berries)


Starchy Carbs (limit or eliminate):

• All candies, jelly and jams

• Sodas, fruit juices, fruit drinks

• Pudding, custards and other sweets

• Processed refined grains like flour or white rice

• Bread and pasta made with any refined flour

• Cakes, cookies and other sweet bakery products


More Carb Tips:

• Fill more of your plate with protein first or crowd it out with more veggies (as they are technically a carb as well)

• Shift from more processed foods to less processed foods

• Shift from white breads and white rice to Ezekiel or rye bread or rice

• Swap pastas for quinoa


The above portion is for women. Just double it for men!


I hope this gives you a better understanding of what carbs truly are and how they work in the body!


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