We all need carbohydrates to survive. We need them for our brain to function at its best and for energy use. Unfortunately poor carbohydrates have been given a bad rap for a long time now with so much anti carbohydrates diet spin on why they are bad for you and that you can’t lose weight if you continue to eat them. Most good nutritionists will tell you this is nonsense. They are the basis for a good healthy diet and particularly if you’re exercising you need to eat more. It is the bad carbohydrates that people need to eat less of. Bad carbohydrates are known as ‘white’ carbs or carbs that are low in GI. These carbohydrates burn quickly leaving you still hungry and fill you with the wrong energy. Slow burning carbs or carbs high in GI are health carbs that we all need in our diet. These good carbohydrates are multigrain bread and wholegrain cereals and are also found in fruit.
In the last decade or more, high protein and low carb diets have been all the rage and endorsed by many celebrities but you don’t need to focus on cutting them out altogether. It is about making the good carb choices and think of the bad carbs as treats you can have every now and then. Plus following a diet that is high in protein and fats like cheese is not good for you in the long run even if it gets good weight loss results. An example of a diet with too many bad carbohydrates would be someone who eats a lot of junk food like chips, cookies and cakes that are made with white flour. White bread also doesn’t really have any nutritional value even though it’s usually what most children prefer to eat. If a parent can get their children used to eating organic bakers flour Australia then they’re on the right track. There are lots of healthy brands of bread on the market. Look out for breads that contain grains like pumpkin seeds and soy and linseeds. These are the ones you want to be eating. They give you good, healthy, slow-burning energy and taste great. A bakery is usually the worst enemy for bad carbohydrates because they sell a lot of white bread, sweet buns, cakes, croissants and cheesy breads. Although it’s not all bad, most bakeries also bake fresh healthy grainy bread for you to buy.
Carbohydrates are also best eaten earlier in the day for breakfast and lunch but avoided at dinner especially if you are not that active. Many diets recommend you don’t eat carbs after 3pm, some say 5pm and others much earlier in the day and say not after 1pm. However the key is to choose your healthy carbs, have a balanced diet, exercise regularly and you won’t have a problem. You don’t have to give up carbs entirely to lose weight or be healthy.