When you hear carbs, do you get nervous? When you see a plate of food that has bread, rice, or potatoes, do you tend to skip over or eat less of them? Believe it or not, skipping over carbohydrates can be detrimental to not just your weight loss and fitness goals, but your overall health. In fact, a Harvard study of 100,000 people found that low-carb diets were associated with shorter life expectancy, and higher rates of death from heart disease and cancer. But less of the scary stuff! Instead of focusing on how low-carb is bad, let’s focus on some of the benefits of eating those carbs!
First, when we talk about carbs, we are talking about carbs that come from healthy sources like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and even beans. Refined carbs, such as white bread, contain little nutritional value, and will have you feeling hungry again in no time. Here are some of the main benefits of keeping carbs in your diet:
Carbs are your body’s main source of energy. Your body needs them to push through workouts, but they are also important for optimal brain function. Simply put, carbs fuel you throughout your day and prevent you from feeling fatigued. And the best part is that if you eat healthy carbs such as whole grains, they will release slowly into your body to give you energy throughout the day and avoid crashes.
Fiber, fiber, fiber! If you want to get fiber, you have to eat carbs! Fiber is the key to so many health benefits – weight control, heart health, low cholesterol, stable blood sugar levels, and digestion!
Losing weight in a healthy way! It is extremely common for those on a low-carb diet to have their weight come back after initial weight loss. While research in this area is still being done, a common observation is that a drastic restriction in carbs tells your body to also lower its basil metabolic rate. Put another way, your body slows its metabolism to adjust to the decreased energy being consumed. Maintaining a healthy amount of carbs might make your weight loss less extreme at the beginning, but also increase your chances for sustained and healthy weight loss.
Now go grab that sweet potato and make sure you are getting your carbs! And if you have any questions or suggestions for future blog post topics, we encourage you to contact us directly.