The Facts About Carbs
December 15, 2017
Do you constantly crave carbs? Learn why your body craves it & how to end the cycle.
No-Carb is a very trendy diet but the truth is carbs are also in fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, etc. We need carbs to regulate blood sugar and provide energy otherwise protein would be used to break down energy instead of building and maintaining tissues.
The real problem is that we consume the wrong kind of carbs in giant portions and at the wrong time. Refined carbs like white bread, white rice, bagels, sugary cereal or sugary beverages and processed junk food shoots up our blood sugar levels then crashes. This leads to not only weight gain but type II diabetes, heart disease, strokes, etc. High levels of processed carbs (aka sugar to the body) signals for insulin secretion. Fat cells are the best place to absorb extra calories quickly (hence the weight gain). Once absorbed, the blood stream lacks calories which is why we experience a sugar crash. Then we crave more carbs/sugar when the body is starving for energy. This is why we become addicted to carbs. It’s not necessarily that we love the taste of it so much but more a physiological response to “bad carbs”/sugar.
To break the cycle, we need to focus on complex carbs like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans and cutting out the sugar and processed carbs. This will level out our insulin secretion and allow the body to self-regulate again…getting off the carb-addiction hamster wheel.
Also, it turns out that when we eat carbs matter. The body is less able process carbs late at night so aim to eat your carbs during the day versus for dinner. So the next time you think about carbs, think what (type), when, and how much. Learn how to enjoy the right carbs. Give us a call.
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~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Holistic Health Coach, San Diego, CA