Fitness Facts: Carbs


FitnessFacts: CARBS
🔹Carbohydrates serve a very important role in the nutrition & function of our bodies.
🔹When carbs are digested, the body converts them into glucose & glycogen, to be used for either immediate or stored energy. They fuel many bodily functions, including the brain, heart, muscles, & nervous system.
🔹Carbs are generally broken into 2 categories: complex carbs & simple carbs.
🔹Complex carbs include whole grains, vegetables, fruits & beans. These promote good health by containing vitamins, minerals, & fiber, which is necessary for a healthy digestive system & metabolism.
🔹Simple carbs include white bread, pastries, sodas, and other highly processed or refined foods. High intake of these products can contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, & even promote type 2 diabetes & heart disease.
🔹Be conscious of the amount & type of carbs you consume! Minimizing intake of simple carbs & focusing on consumption of complex carbs can help build a healthier body & decrease fat gain.
🔹Some diets limit or restrict the intake of carbs for the purpose of fat loss. This can be effective because since the body uses carbs as a primary energy source, it’s forced to covert it’s secondary energy source- fat- into energy.
🔹There are many things to consider with low-carb diets, & maintaining a nutritious, high fiber diet is one of the most important. Eating a wide variety of foods, including high amounts of vegetables, can help prevent constipation or malnourishment.
🔹Low-carb diets also drain the body of a lot of water, which can have many negative side effects including headaches, muscle cramps, & nausea. Drinking enough water throughout the diet & avoiding high-sodium foods can help prevent this.
🔹While low-carb diets can be effective for fat loss, they are not recommended to maintain for long periods of time. Diets that are high in protein & fat can be straining on the digestive system & heart, & can lack many nutrients that are beneficial to the body. Thoroughly research & plan any diet you try to ensure you are doing what is best for your health.
🔹 While there are many types of whole grain breads out there, be mindful which ones you eat, they may contain many chemicals that are counter-productive to your healthy lifestyle. Go here to read about chemical filled breads


Credit goes to @kentaseki for information


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