Carbohydrates are our main source of energy and the main key for speed, endurance and recovery. They are important and vital not only for athletes but also for people who do not practice any sports. Although carbohydrates are so important for us, not only that there are healthy and unhealthy ones but consumed in excess they can lead to obesity.
Although sometimes they are tempting, it is always better to eat healthy carbohydrates than unhealthy ones. Unhealthy carbs are very high in calories. The main difference is that you can consume healthy ones which will help you burn the calories and be more efficient in your workouts. On the other hand the unhealthy ones will support the production of insulin which supports the deposit of fat cells.
Healthy carbohydrates on the other hand will actually give you energy that will last. It is the exact opposite of what happens when you consume sugar: which will give a big amount of energy in a short time but you will lose it just as fast as you got it. Another plus point besides the fact that these are healthy calories( which you will burn a lot easier), these carbs also offer a variety of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fibers etc. Examples of healthy carbs are : vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains( oats, brown rice, whole wheat bread/ pasta etc.). Recently I have been advised to try and include beans in my diet, because they are supposed to be very rich in fibers and carbs but super low in fat calories.
I hope that this week’s article has been helpful!!!
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