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The Facts About Carbs

By Rachel Carver

Diets such as keto promote the limitation of carbs. However, carbs are an important macronutrient. Too much carb reduction can decrease your energy levels and cause you to overeat.

Carbs tend to get a bad reputation. But they are not always bad for you. Whole foods such as whole-grain bread, potatoes, and brown rice satiate you with their fiber and can reduce your sweet cravings.

Here are some things you might not know about carbohydrates.

Cutting Carbs Does Not Always Mean Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight, carbs are the first thing to go for many dieters. However, there are other ways to lose weight.

People on the keto diet tend to quickly drop weight. However, this is sometimes caused by losing water weight. And you likely gain the weight back if you stop following the strict keto diet, which allows very few carbs. Studies show weight loss on a low-carb diet is comparable to other less-restrictive plans. Including healthy, complex carbs into your nutrition plan is a more sustainable approach.

Carbs Include More Than Just Bread and Pasta

While bread and pasta do contain carbohydrates, they can also be found in many other foods. People who say they are cutting carbs most likely mean cutting bread and pasta.

Some foods that contain carbohydrates include:

  • Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit
  • Milk
  • Peas

You do want to limit ultra-processed carbs. But some studies show a correlation between the consumption of healthy carbs and longer lives.

Carbs Build Muscle

Protein is an important part of our nutrition. It keeps us full and helps build muscle. But protein works with carbohydrates to provide fuel and raw materials for muscle growth and strength. Skipping carbs can increase your risk of losing muscle mass and slow down recovery.

Consume some carbs before and after a workout. If you're trying to build muscles, carbs consumed before your workout give you quick fuel. Carbs eaten after a workout give your muscles energy to rebuild.

Carbs Are Healthy

Carbs are healthy for many reasons. Complex carbs are an essential part of good heart health. The fiber in carbs positively affect cholesterol and help regulate blood sugar. Carbs keep you full and energized.

The Bottom Line

The right carbs can keep us healthy and reduce our desire to reach for foods loaded with added sugar. Following a balanced diet is about more than just eliminating one macronutrient. It is about incorporating the correct portions of each macronutrient and putting whole foods into your body.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita , Kans.

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