Are All Carbs Bad? The Truth About This Hated Nutrient

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the fat loss and nutrition industry, you’ve very likely heard before that the best way to get leaner is to avoid all carbs.

Basically, the lower carb you can go, the better. Or so you’ve come to believe.

Well, I’m here to tell you this isn’t exactly accurate. Sure, if you eat bad carbs, bad results will come.  But eat good carbs and you’ll feel better for your workouts, sustain better nutrition, and lead a more balanced diet.

One thing that you should note however is that carbohydrates are the only non-essential nutrient in the diet. While you could never survive without protein or dietary fats, you can survive without carbs.  That doesn’t mean it’s optimal, however.

The trick to understand which carbs to eat and which to avoid.

Let me clear up your confusion.

What Are Bad Carbs 

Let’s start with the bad.  It’s true, there are carbs that when you eat them, they’ll set you up for both fat gain and disease.

People in today’s world do not eat how people in the past have eaten and that’s one big reason we see the outbreak of disease we do.  The carbs people feast on today are heavily processed, stripped of their nutrients, and can actually reduce your immune system defense, leaving it easy for disease to walk right in.

For instance, when you eat the processed carbs of today, your body doesn’t have the right mechanisms to digest those gains as it should and as such, this leaves open the tight junctions to the stomach, which is what then leaves your immune system open to attack.

This can then go on to cause metabolic conditions as well as a number of life-threatening diseases.

All the heavily refined bread-like products you eat, including wheat bread, will set you up for this.  In addition to that, snack foods, sugar, and alcohol are all bad carbs that will lead to unwanted insulin spikes, weight gain, and poor health and energy levels.

These are the ones you want to avoid.

What Are Good Carbs

On the good carbs side of things, you have active carbs and inactive carbs.

Inactive carbs are your vegetables. You can virtually eat as many of these as you like each day and they won’t make much of a difference in your calorie intake or energy to get through your workouts. For that, you need active carbs.  You should be eating plenty of vegetables however as they are some of the most nutrient dense carbs you can eat.

Then apart for that, for energy purposes, sweet potatoes are an excellent choice. This tuber is low on the GI index and completely clean for your body.

You may also want to try white rice. Now, I know many of you will be thinking, white rice?! Shouldn’t it be brown rice?

No, it should not. The problem with brown rice is that it still has the bran on it and this means it can be more easily oxidized in the body and could end up going rancid. Opt for white rice instead and you get around this problem.

Quinoa is also an excellent choice as are steel cuts oats if you respond well to them.  Be careful with these, however, after recently adding them back into my diet after some time away, I felt constantly run down and like I was getting a cold.  As such, I’ve eliminated them for the most part.  As you devise your diet, pay attention to how your body is reacting. It’s the best way to learn what foods work optimally for you.

What works for one person may not necessarily have another feeling their best.

So there you have the facts about carbs. Don’t be led to believe that all carbs are bad.  Bad carbs are bad, but good carbs can really help you out as you go about reaching your fitness goals.

For more information on all of this, keep an eye out for my carb cycling book coming soon. This will be the most compressive book to date on carbohydrate information, so a must-read for any of you who feel confused or want to learn the most possible about this nutrient.

If you need help implementing the rights carbs into your diet so that they are beneficial, check out our Custom Meal Plans, where we will create a nutrition program specifically designed for your needs!

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