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What do I mean by overly processed and refined carbs? Think about white bread, donuts, muffins, pastries, white rice, candy, sugary breakfast cereals, white pasta, potato chips, crackers, soda. Foods like these digest very quickly and give your body a rapid spike in blood sugar, which, when fat loss is goal, is something we want to avoid. After your body takes blood sugar it needs to replenish muscle glycogen, whatever is left over from that spike will get stored as fat.
What makes supportive, quality carbs different? They digest more slowly, producing a more gradual rise in blood sugar and providing a more even source of fuel. Look for breads and cereals made from whole grains, pasta made from whole wheat flour, brown rice instead of white rice, sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, fruits in moderation and vegetables in abundance. Whole grain carbs will keep you feeling satisfied longer, and not looking to devour a bag of chips within an hour of eating your plain bagel.
So, lesson is to not get taken over by carb phobia and fill your shopping cart up with all of new low carb products. Just like in early 80ís when food manufacturers were frantically trying to come up with low fat versions of every product under sun, they are doing same now in order to sell more products, not because they are concerned with your health. Back then, consumers were tanking up on SnackWell cookies. They are low fat, so they must be okay right? Well, since low fat boom of 80ís, obesity rate in this country has skyrocketed. That is not because true culprit is now carbs. No, reason is because junk food, whether low fat, low carb, or low whatever, is still junk food.
Dave Soucy, Fitness Consultant and Certified Personal Trainer, is the owner of Perfect Fit, LLC.
Dave can be reached at (603) 641-8297, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through www.perfectfitonline.com