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Carbs, carbs AND CARBSSSS

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Carbs, carbs AND CARBSSSS

Ness Herrera

ohh goodness, if I hear one more person tell me that carbs are the root of all fat loss evil… #fedup! 🙄

Carbs

Honestly I thought by now with the very saturated fitness industry so present social media that this myth about carbs being bad for fat loss, and low calories “all day errr day” are the way to achieving that “skinny frame” you have always desired were by now overcome…This controversial topic is often debated by many, so please excuse my crudeness towards it. Because at the end of the day, we need food to survive!!

As an example, In a macronutrient break down, my carbohydrate intake is generally around 40-50% of my daily intake. Shocking to some, but its the truth! Yes, I have an ectomorph frame and my body can tolerate it more calories and carbs, but I sure as hell work hard to achieve and maintain what I have. (you can find out what your body type is by reading a recent blog post that I wrote called What Body Type Are You?.)

Carbs come in many forms, and if you are smart with your choices, the benefits to help you achieve your goals are amazing. 

So lets get back to basics.. what are carbs, and what are “good and bad” carbs!

Carbohydrates are assist with supplying our brain with blood glucose. This then in turn helps fuel our energy to perform daily tasks and increase performance while exercising, as well as concentration.

Carb Table

There are two basic types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.
Simple carbohydrates are those that cannot be broken down into simple sugars. These include various forms of sugar such as glucose and fructose. 

Complex carbohydrates are larger and consist of sucrose, lactose, maltose, starch, amylose, and amylopectin. 

These types of Carbohydrates are awesome as they are quickly broken down into energy, allowing your body to use these as fuel for your every day activities, and an added fuel source for short duration, and anaerobic activity. 

There is also a high emphasis on Low GI foods that allow our body to absorb carbohydrates slowly for sustained energy.

Below are some of my suggestions for low GI foods that I often eat:

Grains

  • Porridge or Rolled Oats 
  • Pasta (preferably a protein pasta)
  • Grain and rye bread
  • Multigrain Sourdough 
  • Basmati rice 
  • Brown rice

Vegetables and legumes, fruit

  • Lentils
  • Beans (soy, kidney, chickpeas) 
  • Sweet potato
  • White potato
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Orange
  • Kiwi fruit 
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon

So before you say NO to carbs, remember they’re your friends! Base your carbohydrate intake on your calories in, vs calories out method and of course accompanied by the correct macronutrient breakdown specific to you, your body type and goals!

If you need help with your fat loss, training and overall health and wellness goals, join my team 👉🏽 NHFIT and contact me today! info@nessherrera.com