You can also build lean muscles, get smarter, and feel more energetic too. So it is time to load up on carbohydrates—that is, complex carbohydrates.
Revealed: Eat Carbs, Lose Weight–When everyone else is abstaining from carbohydrates, with the flow and start eating them! Before you start protesting, we do mean eating only certain types of carbohydrates, not all of them. Yes, there are right types of carbohydrates, and they are known as complex carbs.
Knowing what are the right carbs to eat will allow your body to perform at an optimal level, and even help you to lose weight. Find out how complex carbs achieve this, and what are the foods considered complex carbs.
What are simple and complex carbohydrates?
Simple carbs are made up of one or two sugar molecules, while complex carbs have three or more. What is the relevance to us? Complex carbs are digested much slower, hence providing a sustained release of energy throughout the day. This is a benefit for people with type 2 diabetes, as the slow release of energy helps to control post-meal blood sugar level spikes. In this way, it is extremely easy to have too much sugar from simple carbs end up being stored as fats in our body, which is a slim possibility with complex carbs.
Energy for the Long Haul
Simple carbs are like flings—it is like being with someone for a day, and saying goodbye the next. Similar to flings, the energy surge that you get from simple carbs leaves you very quickly, so you instead feel sapped of energy.
With complex carbs, what you have is akin to a strong, trusted relationship. You commit to it, and you discover that it dispenses energy to you throughout the day. There are no afternoon slumps, there are no unpredictable highs and lows. Eating complex carbs sustains you in the long run.
Power to the Girls
Who runs the world? Girls! What do you need to do so? Brainpower! What better way to get mental focus and healthy mood? By eating complex carbs.
If you have tried cutting out all carbohydrates from your diet, you might have felt a little light-headed or a difficulty in maintaining focus. In reality, we all need some carbs for our brain to function well.
Besides physical energy, complex carbohydrates also provide your brain with loads of fuel throughout the day. Nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains are the allies that will sharpen your mind for your daily challenges.
Hitting the gym or getting down with yoga to get fit and build lean muscles? Interestingly, our muscle cells need much more than protein and fats to perform optimally. One of the main powerhouse fuels come from complex carbs such as oats, brown rice, and squash that will all help you in building lean muscle mass.
Bye Bye Weight
It is quite amazing that there are so many pills that proclaim to help with weight loss when there is a readily available natural and sustained solution—complex carbs.
Simple carbs add to your weight gain—their energy store is released and used quickly, making you feel hungry in a shorter time, so you end up eating more. Complex carbs work the opposite way. They have a higher fibre content that keeps you full for a longer period of time. So you will not have the urge to snack in between meals.
Without add-ons such as salad dressings, crunchy bacon bits and croutons, most salads are essentially and basically filled with leafy greens of spinach, rocket or mesclun. While it is advisable to avoid unhealthy toppings, it does not mean that your salads, or even meals, should be boring. Complex carbs such as whole wheat pasta and cooked whole grains are healthier accompaniments that spruce up the dish and adds an extra punch to the crunch.
You want to start now but are unsure of what foods are considered complex carbs?
Whole Grains: oatmeal, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, brown rice, corn, wheat, barley, quinoa
Nuts, Seeds and Legumes: lentils, peas, soybeans, soy milk
Fruits and Vegetables: potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, carrots, beans, cucumber, apple, pear
There you have it, the trick to eating the right carbohydrates is simply eating complex carbs that have high nutritional value. Love it and make it a part of your nutrition and diet regime now.