Reasons Why Carbs Are Important For You, As Explained By A Fitness Expert

Carbs benefits: The idea is to practice portion control and reduce the frequency of how often you eat refined or starchy carbs. Read here to know some important reasons why carbs are necessary for you.

Reasons Why Carbs Are Important For You, As Explained By A Fitness Expert

Carbs benefits: Eating starchy carbs in excess can contribute to weight gain

Highlights

  • Kayla Itsines includes follows Mediterranean style to eat carbs
  • Eat carbs as part of a balanced diet
  • Carbs provide energy to your body to function effectively

Carbs have been popular for all the wrong reasons. Weight gain is the most common of them all. It is true, eating excess of carbs can make you gain weight. But it is only the starchy carbs and in how much quantity and how often you eat them, that determine your chances of weight gain. For instance, if you have been having rice and roti in the traditional like it has been traditionally consumed in your family for generations, weight gain is very less likely. Having said that, if consumption of junk and deep-fried food is also a part of your daily diet, then gaining weight is inevitable.

Reasons why carbs are important for you

The idea is to practice portion control and reduce the frequency of how often you eat refined or starchy carbs. Celeb fitness trainer Kayla Itsines, for instance, recently shared an Instagram saying that she eats pasta, which is often considered to be junk food. "People are often surprised when they find out that I eat pasta, bread, rice and other carbs. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, does not mean that you need to restrict yourself from eating certain foods," she writes in her post.

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She goes on to add that food is a big part of her life, and that it's the way she connects with her family.

Restricting yourself from food by following calorie-restrictive or fad diets, can cause cravings, mood swings and irritability. Eating all food groups in a balanced way is one way you can prevent this, agrees Itsines.

1. She goes on to share in her post that she eats carbs in a Mediterranean style. This includes a mix of vegetables, carbs and healthy fats in each meal.

2. Another healthy way to eat carbs is practice portion control. So, if you occasionally crave comfort food like pizza, pasta, burger or noodles, have them. Try to make them at home. That way you get to be mindful of the ingredients. If not, then eating smaller portions, or eating other filling foods like those rich in protein and/or fibre can definitely help in preventing weight gain.

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Eat carbs as part of a balanced diet to avoid weight gain
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As Itsines says, "I don't think that restricting what you eat is a sustainable way to live." Sharing an anecdote about diet trends, she adds that she once tried to cut down carbs and she ended up craving sugar and junk food.

What's more, healthy carbs provide your body with energy and strength to exercise and perform other day-to-day tasks. "Complex carbs like wholemeal bread, brown rice, quinoa or wholemeal pasta can provide your body with great nutrients and keep you fuller for longer. So you need to find what works for you, but don't be afraid to include carbs as part of your diet," she asserts.

YES, I eat pasta!! People are often surprised when they find out that I eat pasta, bread, rice and other carbs. ⁣ Eating a healthy, balanced diet, does NOT mean that you need to restrict yourself from eating certain foods. I love food, it's a big part of my life and it's the way that my family and I connect, we love to cook and eat together. I will not restrict myself from eating anything - I just keep it balanced.⁣ ⁣ I eat in a mediterranean style, and I usually include a mix of vegetables, carbs, protein and healthy fats in each meal. It's all about balance for me. For example this pasta sauce has lots of vegetables grated up in it! ⁣ ⁣ I do not recommend trying to follow "diet trends" that you don't enjoy, I don't think that restricting what you eat is a sustainable way to live. Once I tried to cut down my carbs to support Tobi (he was on a diet for a bodybuilding competition) and... it did not end well lol. I was craving sugar and junk food that I never usually like to eat!!⁣ ⁣ #BBGcommunity, it's important that you fuel your body with enough food to give you energy and strength throughout the day. Complex carbs like wholemeal bread, brown rice, quinoa or wholemeal pasta can provide your body with great nutrients and keep you fuller for longer. So you need to find what works for YOU, but don't be afraid to include carbs as part of your diet!⁣ ⁣ What is your favourite meal to get you energised for your workouts ladies?? Tell me in the comments below!!⁣ ⁣ kaylaitsines.com/BBGatHome⁣ ⁣ #BBGatHome #SWEATatHome

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