- Carbohydrates give you the energy required by your body
- Some carbs can help you lose weight quickly
- Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, dairy and whole grains
Time and again carbohydrates have earned a bad reputation. There are many people who think that carbohydrates should be eliminated from diet in order to lose weight. First, let us understand what exactly is a low-carb diet? A low-carb diet depicts everything by its name. It is a diet which talks about limiting intake of carbohydrates on a daily basis. People generally resort to a low-carb diet for quick weight loss. Well! If you too are eliminating carbs from your diet, think again as lack of carbs may have a negative impact on your health. Read further to know why.
Carbohydrates give you the energy required by your body throughout the day. Your body tends to use these foods to form glucose, which is your body's main source of energy. But, there is a misconception which many people believe that eating carbs can make you fat. Luckily, that's not true at all. As excess of everything is bad if carbohydrates are eaten in large quantities it will contribute to weight gain. In fact, carbohydrates are the healthy addition to your diet and are considered amongst the top five nutrients your body needs daily.
Carbs and weight loss:
Including whole grains- rich in carbs, may help reduce the total body fat and that stubborn belly fat. Eating a breakfast comprised of foods those release carbohydrates slowly such as oatmeal or bran cereal may help burn more of your body fat. Also, slow-release carbs do not spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbs, such as white toast. In return, insulin levels do not spike because insulin plays a role in signalling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat.
Hence, you should be eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in carbohydrates and add variety, colour, and flavour to your meals. Whole grains such as corn, whole wheat and brown rice are the healthiest sources of dietary carbohydrates. Also, do check the nutritional label of packed food item that includes total carbs, dietary fiber and sugar. Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal suggests a few ideas to get the right amount of carbs in your diet. Let's see what they are! "Start your day with a breakfast that includes whole-grain and fresh fruits. You can add an extra serving of cooked vegetables to your lunch and dinner. For easy mid-day meal or evening snack right at your fingertips have plain yoghurt with fruits raw or some beans and veggies salad bowl."
You can even add your favourite fruit smoothie or banana whole wheat pancake topped with berries.
Not all carbohydrates are equal. There are refined and complex carbs. One should be careful while choosing these carbohydrates. You should avoid refined carbs, white flour and the food made from it including processed foods like chips and biscuits. Rest all the other carbohydrates are good to add in your diet without any worry of weight gain.
(Nmami Agarwal is nutritionist at Nmami Life)
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