CARBS to Eat or Not to Eat?



Your body needs CARBS for optimal function.  The brain and the central nervous system NEED them.  They are your body’s preferred source of energy.  Yes, you can derive sources of energy elsewhere but the brain and the nervous system cannot.

Of course, body size and activity level will determine the amount of CARBOHYDRATES your body needs. However, the minimum daily requirement for optimum function is 130 grams. (American Dietetic Association

The question is really WHEN to eat to them.

The problem for many becomes absorption and digesting these CARBS so that they are used for energy and bodily functions before they are stored as FAT.

The body is most receptive after intense exercise, when the body needs them to replenish carbohydrate stores.

Also, you want to eat them earlier in the day so the body can use them for energy and NOT at night when excess can be converted to FAT.

We are talking about complex carbohydrates (slow digesting) NOT simple sugars.

Your best sources are unprocessed and unrefined and high in fiber:  Oatmeal (steel cut not packaged), brown rice, Yams, quinoa, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.These help to control blood sugar, insulin concentrations, energy levels and body composition.

Other benefits include: an increased micronutrient intake, greater fiber intake, enhanced satiety, higher thermic effect of feeding and better blood sugar control.

Be selective and time their use wisely…

Answer:  TO EAT!

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In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer