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Are carbs our enemy?

Are Carbs Your Enemy?

Hiya beautiful! Today I am giving my opinion on low carb, no carb, whatever carb plan is the latest and greatest fad. I’ve been holding my breath, but everywhere I look I see something about the keto diet.

I’m not here to debate its effectiveness on relieving some medical issues, but I do not promote it as a weight lose mechanism because it is not sustainable. I was talking to a woman the other day and she explained how she pees on a stick every morning to make sure her body is in ketosis. She’s not losing weight though. She works out A LOT and it didn’t take me long to determine she is not fueling her body properly, and her metabolism has crashed. Carbs are NOT our enemy!!

Anytime you diet and restrict a food group that is necessary for human function, you will not reach long-term success.

If you want to have long-term success in managing your weight, it’s important to understand why our bodies need carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are macronutrients responsible for energy. In fact, they are the main energy source for our bodies, which means we will use the fuel from carbs before fats and proteins.

Myth #1: Carbohydrates are sugar

I hear this a lot. Thanks to the media, many people hear the word carbs and their mind often goes to dessert. While carbohydrates can be simple sugars, they are also starches and fiber. Here are some examples for you.

Simple Sugar

  • Fruits (fructose)
  • Milk (lactose)
  • Sweets

Complex Carbs (fiber and starch)

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Whole grains

Quite simply, your diet should have more complex carbs than simple because complex carbs have more nutrients and are needed for optimal digestion. Check out my 10 Day Reset to learn how to properly balance your carbs throughout the day.

Myth #2: Carbs make you fat

Carbs do NOT make you fat. If you cut out carbs for long enough, your body will go into hunger mode. As soon as you eat carbs again, you will gain any weight lost right back and often MORE weight.

I experienced this firsthand in my twenties. I “dieted down” for a figure competition and SEVERELY restricted carbs the last month of my show preparation. Guess what happened after I competed? My body went all whacky and I overate. I ended up gaining more weight than I had before I even started training for the competition. Not fun.

Simply put, when you eat the right kind of carbohydrates and consume the right amount, (think complex), you will not gain weight.

Don’t sabotage your weight lose goals by neglecting the importance of carbohydrates. While it’s true that some carbohydrates need to be limited, it’s important to have a well-balanced diet.

Here are some healthy carbs I want you to add to your weekly grocery list.

  • Oatmeal
  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Beans
  • Nuts

Carbs and muscle mass

Lastly, you need carbs to preserve muscle mass. Remember how carbs are our bodies main source of fuel? When you don’t consume enough, your body will begin using your muscle for fuel! Yes, your body literally eats the muscle! This means you are losing muscle and when you lose muscle, you burn less calories. YIKES!

Muscle tissues need glycogen for repair. When you work out, you tear the muscle fibers, and they grow back bigger and stronger with the help of glucose. So don’t skip the carbs for your post workout meal. I like a complete dairy free meal replacement shake, but here are some other good post workout meal options:

  1. Greek yogurt (low to no sugar) with a cup of berries
  2. Banana with a tablespoon of nut butter
  3. 1 cup oatmeal mixed with 1 tablespoon raw nuts and 1/2 cup fruit

Bottom line, carbs are not your enemy. They are an essential macronutrient that we need to function as designed. Just be sure to limit the simple sugars and opt for complex carbs instead, as we do on my 10 Day Reset.

With love and respect,

Mindy Joy

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