What's wrong with carbs?

Started a diet.. first thing to go seems to be the carbs? The beige food everyone seems to be scared of.

Not sure why though? In fact 1 gram of carbohydrate is 4 calories - same as protein, whereas 1 gram of fat is 9 and alcohol 7 calories.

Carbohydrates are not created equal. In terms of calories, yes the number is the number. But to get the most bang for your buck, fibre, nutrients, long lasting energy, a stable blood sugar then opt for complex carbohydrates.

Complex carbohydrates are whole wheat, long lasting, slow releasing carbohydrates. Think oats, whole wheat bread, whole grains which keep you full and provide your body with energy that doesn't disappear shortly after.

Why do we need them?

It is simple - carbohydrates are essential for our bodies as they are our main source of energy. If you are restricting or avoiding carbohydrates too much you simply won't have enough energy. (There are other essential functions of carbohydrates but this isn't a science lesson).

It is likely your output will reduce as your body attempts to save calories. This could go unnoticed but you will probably subconsciously start moving less, be less active, and in no time be far too drained to even attempt a workout.

A much better approach would be to focus on getting in complex carbs, alongside sufficient amounts of protein and fats and staying active. If you are looking to lose weight the total amount of calories should reduce, not just from one food group OR you can keep your food the same and increase your activity levels.

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