Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Once eaten, the body converts most carbohydrates into glucose, which is the fuel source that enables us to perform the kind of bodily functions we take for granted. We need them on a daily basis so that we can not only keep our body functioning, but also have the energy to go about our daily tasks.
The problem that some people face, and the reason why carb cutting has become a popular tool for losing weight, is that if you consume more ‘energy’ than you expend your body will store it away in the form of fat deposits available for later use. So if you keep storing extra energy and not using it, then the fat deposits build up.
The important thing to remember here is that we still need carbohydrates each day to fuel the body and if burning fat is on your agenda, then you are going to need the energy to want to get up and tackle your workout!
But the truth is you don’t just gain carbohydrates from grain based products such as breads and pastas, you also get them from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and dairy. So often when people talk about cutting carbs, they usually mean they are reducing them. Because most vegetables contain carbohydrates and cutting vegetables from your diet is not a healthy choice!
So is ‘reducing carbs’ a healthy choice? It depends how you do it. Removing all carbs from your diet would mean a diet free from fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes and this is not a diet choice I recommend! However by reducing the amount of breads, pastas and rice that you consume, whilst ensuring you still eat plenty of vegetables and protein sources, coupled with regular workout schedule, can be an effective way of helping you burn through any unwanted fat stores!
Personally I recommend a balanced diet that contains some of all three important nutrients; protein, carbohydrates and good fats which come from a balanced selection of whole foods. You just need to find the right balance between how much you exercise and how much you consume!