Don’t Give Up Carbs | The Daily Star
Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap lately. By eating more processed carbohydrates and eating less, we are consuming more calories than we need – calories that we don’t necessarily burn. That second serving of rice, those extra fries with a big soft drink and all that.
Are all carbohydrates bad? When we are trying to lose weight, do we just have to give up carbohydrates? To get the answer, let’s take a look at what so-called low-carb diets do.
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Low-carb diets are not optimal for muscle growth. This is due to the stores of glycogen in the muscles. When muscles have limited glycogen storage, they have less energy and less ability to stop protein breakdown.
Fat loss, however, is where low-carb diets work. Switching to a low-carb diet means you’re consuming fewer calories and fewer calories equals weight loss. Foods like rice and bread are easy to prepare, inexpensive, and convenient. Many of us don’t seem to eat them in moderation or burn the extra calories. This lifestyle contributes to fat gain and the difficulty of losing it. Cutting back on refined carbohydrates is not only healthy, but it’s also one of the fastest ways to cut calories and lose weight.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Carbohydrates alone do not make you fat, unlike excessive calories. If you are not physically active but want to lose weight, reduce white rice, white flour, refined sugar. This, however, does not mean that you have to give up carbs completely.