Do Carbs Make You Fat?
Carbs and Fat Bellies – Do Carbs Make You Fat?
There is so much confusion about carbohydrates (carbs). I am often asked -
~ Are carbohydrates making me fat and making me store belly fat?
~ Do ALL carbs make me fat?
NO - You need carbohydrates to make your body function properly. You will not have any energy. Your brain and your spinal cord will not function well if you do not eat carbohydrates.
Now, exactly what is a CARB. – Yes, they are things like bread, pasta and potatoes, but there are also fruits and vegetables and some beans. Most people just think about bread and pasta and ignore the carbs available in fruit and vegetables.
When you eat a carbohydrate, the body takes them and breaks them down to glucose. You need that glucose in the blood to function well. Your body stores the glucose in your liver and your muscles. So if you exercise, you really need carbs.
The problem is that a lot of people are eating an over abundance of carbohydrates, especially in the form of over processed foods and baked goods, especially in breads and pastas and that is where they are going wrong. The thing that happens with carbohydrates is that they turn into glucose and if your body does not use it then it turns it into fat and stores it around your body as fat.
So what is the solution?
You need to eat carbs for energy and to function, but you don’t want to eat too many carbs and gain weight.
Follow these rules and you will have enough energy without putting on weight and belly fat.
~ Only eat starchy carbohydrates after activity and after exercise or workouts.
~ Keep away from pasta and breads, especially wheat based products.
~ Stick to carbohydrates like Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice, Grains like Millet, Quinoa and Spelt.
Those heavier starchy carbohydrates are fine to eat after a heavy workout or long period of activity.
The carbohydrates from fruit and vegetables, you can have at every meal – good carbs that burn fat.
~ Have a bowl of berries with your breakfast cereal
~ Have an apple with your lunch
~ Definitely have vegetables with every meal throughout your day.
So now you are getting all of the carbohydrates that your body requires but it is not toast with breakfast, tortillas as snacks, pasta with lunch and some more rice with dinner. That is way too many carbohydrates for one day, unless you are an athlete and really training for several hours a day.
But most of us aren’t training for hours each day so here is a good example of how to eat a reasonable amount of carbs every day.
~ Have Eggs with your breakfast followed by a bowl of berries – Blueberries, Raspberries or even Strawberries
~ Snack with an Apple or a handful of raw nuts – especially Almonds or Walnuts
~ Lunch with plenty of both raw and cooked Vegetables and an Orange or other fruit
~ Afternoon Snack of Celery sticks, Carrot sticks and Almond butter
~ Dinner, include Salad and plenty of vegetables with your favorite Chicken, Beef or Tofu
This will provide your body with sufficient carbohydrates for the day, you are not going to gain weight and you will still feel energized and great.
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