Good Carbs Versus Bad Carbs
By: Intense-FItness Writers
As you move along with your diet program aimed to help you improve the way your body looks and feels, one nutrient that you may very well be feeling quite confused about is carbohydrates.
There is so much mixed information out there about carbohydrates in general. You have the low carb camp of people who firmly believe that consuming a low carbohydrate diet is the only way to get good results, and then you have the people who believe that it’s only calories that matter so if you want to consume carbohydrates, you should be able to go ahead and do so.
Then of course there are plenty of those who are somewhere in the middle and who don’t focus on either end of the spectrum.
When looking at whether or not you should be adding carbohydrates to your diet plan, the most important thing to think about is not whether all carbohydrates are bad, but whether there are some that are going to support a lean body better than others.
And the answer to that question is a most definite yes. If you make wise choices, you certainly can include some carbohydrates in your diet plan without having to sacrifice the fat loss results you get from it.
Let’s take a closer look at what you must know when it comes to good carbohydrate choices versus less wise carbohydrate choices.
The Good Carbohydrates
From a dietary perspective, the good carbohydrates are going to be the ones that have gone through as little processing as possible. Basically, these are the carbohydrates that are in their most natural state and having been altered by man.
Very often they contain just one ingredient – that food and don’t come in any fancy packaging.
The reason why these carbohydrates are far superior than other carbohydrates is because of the fact that since they are so natural, it’s going to take the body longer to break them down, therefore they’ll provide you with a steady energy source over time without causing a rapid blood sugar spiked followed by a blood sugar crash.
These non-processed forms of carbohydrates won’t cause a huge insulin secretion by the body, which would then typically take up all the glucose in the blood and move it directly into fat storage unless a workout just happened to take place.
Instead, since blood sugar levels will stay relatively stable, there won’t be a need for insulin to come rushing in so these carbohydrates won’t prompt fat storage like processed forms of carbohydrates would.
Furthermore, these carbohydrates are also going to be the richest sources of nutrients as well as they haven’t been stripped of their nutrients during the processing process. Therefore they’ll be best for promoting overall good health in your body.
Now, when looking at the healthier ‘good’ sources of carbohydrates, you must realize that not all of them should be treated equally. Since calories still do count when on any type of diet regardless of where these calories come from, you must make sure that you’re not overconsuming healthy carbohydrates otherwise they will still set you up for fat gain.
If you take in more energy than you burn off over the day, the body has to do something with this excess energy and your fat stores are the likely result.
This means that you should focus on having the complex, calorie dense carbohydrate choices such as oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes, barley, quinoa, and very grainy breads earlier on in the day when you are more active as well as right before and after your workout session.
This is when the body is most likely to put them to good use, so when they will least impact you in a negative manner.
Then later on in the day when you are less active, turn your carbohydrate sources to mostly vegetables, which are still carbohydrate rich foods but are far lower in total calorie count. These will allow you to easily maintain the reduced calorie intake to support a lean body.
Fruits can also be added in with moderation as well since they generally are quite low in calories, but do make sure you don’t overdo it or they will add up too.
By setting your day up like this – complex, starchy carbs in the morning and around the workout and then fibrous vegetable carbohydrates later on in the day, you will really increase your chances of maintaining a lean body.
The Not So Good Carbohydrates
That leaves us with the not so good carbohydrates. From reading the description above of the good carbohydrates, you should pretty easily be able to figure out which ones aren’t so good.
Essentially anything that’s processed, refined, or comes in a package you generally want to stay away from.
This includes cereal bars, most cereals (as they have too much added sugar), white flours and any products made with flour, white pasta, candy, cookies, cakes, and any other snack foods.
Eating these foods would just cause you to suffer from a rapid insulin spike and quickly take those calories right up into fat storage.
In addition to that, those who consume a lot of added simple carbohydrates are also going to be at a higher risk of diabetes as their body is constantly always going to have to be secreting such high volumes of insulin to try and keep blood sugar levels under control.
This will then create a lot of wear on the pancreas and eventually it may not function as it should.
All in all, it’s simply best just best to avoid consuming these carbohydrates at all costs. They really aren’t going to do much to benefit your health or help keep your body looking good.
So there you have the main things to keep in mind regarding good carbohydrates versus bad carbohydrates. Choosing properly will be vital to your dietary success so make sure you have a good look over your diet and see if there’s any room for improvement.