Have Your Carbs and Eat Them Too
Updated: Apr 13
Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap over the last few years with the popularity of low carb diet plans. Initial weight loss with these diet plans may seem impressive, but as with any fad diet weight loss will ultimately taper and plateau. There are also possible side effects to a sudden reduction in carbs including insomnia, fatigue, constipation, dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, decreased endurance with exercise and muscle cramps. With severe carb restriction, your body may break fat down into ketones for energy which is a metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis can cause bad breath, headaches, fatigue and weakness. Restricting carbs in the long term they may result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies, gastrointestinal disturbances and more.
Foods high in carbohydrates are actually an important part of a healthy balanced diet. Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted to energy used to support bodily functions and physical activity. What is most important to remember is the quality of carbs consumed. In general, the healthiest sources of carbohydrates—unprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans—promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients. Unhealthier sources of carbohydrates include white bread, pastries, sodas, and other highly processed or refined foods. These items contain easily digested carbohydrates that may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.
As a health coach, I talk with clients about the importance of learning how to identify simple vs complex carbs when making nutritional choices. To learn more, visit https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325171#simple-carbohydrates. Whether your goals are weight loss, improved sports performance, or everyday health and wellness and weight management, learning how to fuel your body safely and effectively will help you attain those goals. Consider working with one of our health coaches at Statera to support you in your wellness journey.
Until next time,