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There is a huge misconception about carbs. Now there is a ton of people following a keto diet because of this false belief.
Carbs are energy. You need carbs.
People automatically assume all carbs cause you to gain weight but this is not true.
Like anything, it is the fake, processed food that is causing weight gain.
Everyone should be eating pasta, brown rice, bread, potatoes, vegetables, etc. They are all very nutritious and good for you.
The thing that causes weight gain is junk food and an excess of calories.
This is almost worse than the whole protein misconception but I am not going to get in to that.
If you want to lose weight, eat complex carbs and stay away from refined carbs.
Stay away from processed foods and you will be fine. It truly is that simple.
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients. They are vital for the body to function properly.
Carbs are responsible for providing energy for your body.
Carbs fuel the nervous system and are important for properly functioning muscles.
Carbs are also important for proper brain function.
When you consume carbs, your body breaks down those carbs into glucose. Our bodies use glucose to provide fuel for cells for energy.
When your blood sugar rises after digesting carbs, your pancreas releases insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin stimulates the insulin receptors on cells to open up so that glucose can enter into them.
If your cells have enough glucose and there’s still glucose in your blood, insulin tells your muscle and liver cells to open up and let in that glucose to be stored for later use.
When your body has leftover glucose it will be stored as glycogen. This can be converted to fat.
So people automatically believe that eating carbs makes you fat.
Complex carbs and especially starchy carbs are high in fiber.
Fiber releases glucose much slower.
Therefore if you are eating complex carbs and whole foods, you will be getting enough fiber and you won’t have this excess glucose that can cause fat.
95% of people in the world don’t get enough fiber.
This is the real problem. Not the carbs.
Do your best to stay way from refined carbs because they don’t have much nutritional value. Examples of refined carbs are; white bread, soda, candy, cake, certain cereals, etc. It’s all junk food.
Instead, focus on complex carbs. Examples of complex carbs are oats, whole grains, veggies, potatoes, legumes, etc.
Complex carbs are low in sugar and high in fiber.
The huge misconcpetion comes from calories.
If you want to lose weight, make sure to be eating in a calorie deficit. If you want to gain weight-calorie surplus.
High carb foods can be much more calorie dense; this is true. So all you have to do is eat less of them. They are more filling and help you feel full much longer so it shouldn’t be a problem.
You should not cut out carbs completely.
This is unhealthy. Carbs are our energy source. Our body needs them to perform well.
A keto diet is not a good solution for weight loss. There are much better and healthier ways to lose weight.
Instead of cutting out carbs, just cut out refined carbs. It truly is that simple.
And if you are trying to lose weight make sure you burn more calories than you consume each day.