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Are Carbs really FATTENING?

Updated: May 18, 2023

Let's debunk one of the most common diet myths...

Ever felt "guilty" about eating a fresh French loaf, warm bowl of pasta or a scrumptious side of potatoes? Well let that guilt end right here!

Research has found that carbohydrates are the main source of energy in the human diet. They are the body's fuel. This is important for everyone, from a learner using brain power during class, to a body builder powering through a strength-training workout. If you still have your doubts, take a look at why carbs are so important:

  1. They contain fibre. We should try to eat mainly complex carbohydrates. These are slow to digest and therefore give you continuous energy for a longer period of time. They also help keep your bowel movements regular and healthy. Good examples are brown rice, whole-wheat bread and whole-wheat pasta.

  2. Carbs can spare your muscles. Eating carbs helps to give us glycogen stores, which we use as energy. When glycogen stores are sufficient, we will use this for energy instead of using muscle. Consuming carbs post-workout can prevent muscle loss and help to repair muscles.

  3. Carbs improve your physical performance. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports all confirmed that high carbohydrate availability is associated with improving performance during high-intensity exercise. This is because we can quickly break down carbs, compared to breaking down protein or fat.

  4. Carbs are delicious! If you've ever followed a low carb diet such as banting or keto, I am sure you can agree it is very difficult! There is nothing wrong with including healthy carbs in your everyday diet.

So if you were tempted to cut carbs for weight loss, think again. Restricting a food group for weight loss is unnecessary. Always remember: If you can't do this diet for the next 10+ years, then don't start it now!

We need to follow a plan that's designed for our needs. It needs to consider our preferences, our medical conditions, our exercise, our religion, the amount of time on our hands, budget, and many more factors.

Working with a registered dietitian can provide you with the expert guidance, education, and support you need to develop a personalised nutrition plan that meets your unique needs and preferences. Don't wait any longer - schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards transforming your eating habits for good. We can't wait to meet you!

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