Yes, Your Body Needs Carbs!

Carbs get a bad wrap. They are blamed for diabetes, obesity, the “sugar high”, poor dental health, and “bad” food choices.

The problem with the argument that “carbs are bad” is that the carbs that are “bad” typically are the type of carbs found in processed foods, high fat foods, and foods with lots of sugar.

Of course, these carbs are “bad” because let’s face it, these are the foods that don’t hold much nutritional value anyway. Most people know that a diet consisting of donuts, soda, and candy may taste good but aren’t really good for you.

Let’s chat about the “good” carbs. These are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

And, yes, they taste good too!

A healthy diet should INCLUDE 40-65% carbs.

Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of fuel.

Removing carbs entirely or significantly decreasing them to below 40% of your diet will rob your body from readily available energy.

Proteins and fat CANNOT replenish your blood sugar storage like carbohydrates can.

Without enough carbs, your body will start breaking down protein.

Diets like the KETO Diet are bad news because when you remove ALL carbs and replace it with high fat and protein, then your liver starts breaking down the fat into energy.

This leads to lower body fat but it also lowers your body’s pH level.

This low pH starts building and can reach dangerous and even fatal states.

The only time your liver should break down fats to get energy is when your body is in a protective state for survival purposes - it is not recommended to purposely put the body in this predicament.

Thus, instead of eliminating your diet of carbs, focus on getting the “good” kind of carbs.

5 Tips To Getting the “Good” Carbs Into Your Diet

  1. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
  2. Choose whole grains like oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, and popcorn.
  3. Limit your carbs to 40% of your diet if you are more sedentary.
  4. Increase your carbs to 65% if you are an athlete or exercise strenuously 5-6 days per week.
  5. Limit candy, sweet treats, and soda to 3 times per week (1 candy bar on 1 day, 1 piece of cake for dessert on another day, and 1 soda on game day)

So, good ahead, and eat some carbs - Just Choose Wisely!

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