Are Carbs Really Bad For You?

There’s no shortage of ideas floating around about carbs being bad for you. But is that really true? And does that mean you can’t ever eat carbs?

So let’s clear it up and answer the most asked questions.

Are carbs bad for you?

In short, the answer is generally “no”.

Carbs are the easiest and quickest sources for the body to process and use for energy. As one major macronutrients, the body needs carbs to function at its optimum level.

However, not all carbs are equal.

You have high GI carbs and low GI carbs.

Low GI (Glycemic Index) carbs are released more slowly into the body and therefore provide a more sustainable energy source.

High GI carbs are quick burn energy sources that are used up quickly by the body.

So why does everyone have a big hang up about eating carbs? 

Well, it’s likely that when other people speak about carbs in relation to weight loss, they are referring to high GI carbs.

The carb problem starts when you consume too many high GI carbs and don’t expend enough energy to burn them off. Highly processed and refined foods, starchy carbs like potatoes and sugary foods fall into this category.

So this is probably where carbs get their bad name from, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t good carbs!

What carbs should I eat?

For the most part, stick to low GI carbs that release slowly into the body. Think leafy greens, broccoli, baby spinach, low fructose fruits etc. Save your higher GI carbs as sometimes foods that you can indulge on occasionally.

What if I want to slim down. Can I still eat carbs?

Yes, of course! But again stick to the low GI carbs to avoid weight gain, particularly if you’re not super active.

Much love,

Rachel x

P.S Want more? Check out my FREE guide “How To Eat For Your Body Type” which gives you more info about how to better eat for your body. Click here.

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About the author : Rachel Huxtable

Rachel was named a “health guru” by The New Daily, and is a pilates trainer and health and fitness expert. She has been featured in the Australian Swimsuit Calendar, Pumped Up Down Under, Lynx Swimsuit Calendars, Peppermint Magazine, Gabby Bernstein’s, The New Daily, Tiny Buddha, Your Zen Life and more. Her uplifting approach to health and fitness has inspired women around the world to eat better, move better and feel better.

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