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How Much Can You Cut Carbs?

By Tom Herrin

There seems to be a lot of talk about cutting carbs these days.  Several diets focus on reducing them as much as possible and changing the way the body burns fats.  Many people have bought into these and experienced reasonably good success.  Anytime someone embraces some new idea, it is wise to investigate at least a little.  It is not that these are necessarily bad, but people should be certain to be as informed as possible when making dramatic changes in lifestyle.  Education is a critical part of planning and effective management.  With adequate amounts of both, they can have the kind of success they seek without compromising quality of health.

Carbs Can Make People Sick or Healthy

When people rely on ready-to-eat foods, they unfortunately rely on lots of carbs.  Especially those that are packed with sugars, carbs can play havoc with digestion.  It can mean trouble for diabetics.  If they are already struggling with the way their body processes some carbs, this sugar overload can bring their health down in a hurry.  Some have recommended that added sugars be kept to 100 calories for women and 150 for men.  Reading labels may help people make wise choices.

The Good in Carbs

Carbs have an important role in overall health.  They help to keep muscles in good condition.  They help to preserve them when they are under stress.  Whether they are used as immediate energy or stored energy, carbs are what provides the energy for the muscles.  When the carb supply is insufficient, the body will begin to use muscle to supply energy.  Anytime this happens, the muscles will be broken down and the overall muscles will be reduced.  This is what occurs when someone experiences starvation.

Knowledge Is Good

If we want to do a good job of managing our weight and health in general, we need to have all the knowledge possible about all of it.  We must make good choices about what we eat and why.  I remember there was a time in which pre-game meals for almost all football teams were steak, potatoes, and overall heavy meals. As trainers began to look for healthier meals, the point was to have meals that supplied something for energy and protein to replenish what was used up by the muscles.  A lot of teams went to meals of bacon, eggs, and pancakes with lots of syrup.  This provided the protein, sugars for quick use, and other carbs from the pancakes for more stored energy.  We are what we eat, and we can do a lot with good meals if we choose wisely.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.

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