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 If you are on a quest for activities or diet plans that could help you lose weight, then you must have heard about the nutritional diets that are said to promote weight loss. Low carbohydrate diets are one of the most used and popular diets that are known to be very effective in reducing weight.  In this article we will discuss about carbohydrates and their role in weight gain and weight loss.

Carbohydrate is the main source of energy for the body. All carbohydrates are ultimately converted into glucose which is absorbed into the blood stream and is utilized for energy by the cells of the body. The hormone insulin secreted by the pancreas is required for the utilization of glucose by the body cells. Low-carb diets are known to be effective because in the absence of carbohydrates, your body uses fats and proteins (muscles) as an alternative source of energy and heat. Therefore the excess fat stored in your body decreases as it is used to provide energy.

Types of carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are basically of two types. They could either be simple carbohydrates or complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates

Examples of foods that are made up of simple carbohydrates are candy, fruits, syrup, table sugar, white flour, polished rice, regular or non-diet carbonated drinks such as soda and other processed and refined sugars. Simple carbohydrates are easily digested and converted to energy and cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. This excess sugar cannot be used by the body and some of this is converted to fat. These foods also have high calorie content and they actually lack minerals, vitamins and fibers. It is wise that you stay away from these foods as they are major contributors to weight gain.

Some simple carbs such as fruits are nutritious carbs because they are rich in minerals, vitamins and fiber. The important point is to recognize these nutritious carbs and include them in your diet.

Complex carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates on the other hand are good for the body as they take a longer time to digest and contain high amount of minerals, vitamins and fiber. They are the good carbs. Examples of these foods are vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grain bread, oatmeal and brown rice. Complex carbohydrates are made up of complicated molecules which are digested slowly releasing a steady and slow supply of sugar to the blood. The cells can utilize these sugars for energy gradually thus there is no excess sugar left which can be converted to fat. These foods also help your body maintain good nutrition thus giving you more than enough energy to stay on the go and to fight common diseases.

Generally, if you eat too much food, you risk the possibility of gaining unnecessary and unwanted weight. However, there have been no researches yet that can testify or can prove that high-carb foods contribute to the weight gain. It is usually the type of carbohydrate that you are eating that matters. Usually the foods containing simple carbohydrates are also rich in calories and fats. Some of such foods are candy, cake, muffins, doughnuts, white bread etc. Most likely than not, these fats and calories are the main agents that are responsible for gaining weight. If you cut out foods that are high in carbohydrates, you should make sure that you are avoiding the foods that are high in simple carbohydrates.

Thus you don’t necessarily have to stay away from all foods that are high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are essential to the body and without them you may risk your daily performance, resistance and overall health. There are several foods that are good for the body even though they are known to have high amount of carbohydrates. These foods are vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and fruits. Ideally, foods that contain high amount of complex carbohydrates are the best for the body.

Now that you understand the importance of carbohydrates in your body, it is important that you monitor your diet and include the right types of carbohydrates in your diet. Keep in mind that too much of simple carbohydrates can lead to weight gain and obesity. On the other hand, if your body lacks carbohydrate, you might end up being malnourished. You need to maintain a disciplined lifestyle. Also engage yourself in daily exercises and workouts that promote not only weight loss but a healthy body as well.


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