Wherever you go, whether that’s reading the many health magazines or on social media, carbs are demonized. Anyone still eating carbs is assumed to be loading for cardio or weight lifting, and there are many, many people out there who believe that if they totally eliminate carb-filled foods from their diet, they’ll be able to drop the extra weight with a snap of the fingers.
Of course, there are many eating styles and lifestyles out there that call for a diet with less bread, less potatoes and well, less fun. However, it’s a case of different strokes for different folks, and the only thing that you really need to know is whether your favorite tiger loaf and cheese is REALLY the issue, or is it something else?
When people give up carbs, they do it for one of two reasons. The first is that all the carbs that they currently have in their diet is causing their bloat. The other is that they want to drop weight quickly and carbs always spring to mind when it comes to a fast loss.
To be honest, no one knows what the effect of carbs on their body has unless they speak to allergy testing specialists. Otherwise, it’s pure guesswork and elimination by chance. There are also a lot of myths that surround carbs and how good or bad they are for your body, and below, we’ve got four carby crumbs that need to be picked up and broken open.
Crumb 1: They Make You Gain Weight.
Well, if you sat and ate pan after pan of buttery, cheesy pasta, then yes, spaghetti would make you gain weight. However, it wouldn’t be the carbs in the pasta doing that. Complex carbohydrates can be found in wholegrain foods, which aren’t fattening. The type and the quantity of the carbs you eat has the effect on the weight you gain, not carbs themselves.
Crumb 2: White Food Only.
A beige plate may not look particularly appealing, but if it was a baked potato and parsnips and crumbed veggie burgers, there’d be a lot of balance on that plate! It’s not just white food that has carbohydrates, not when sweet potato, corn, peas and even quinoa are full of them!
Crumb 3: White Food Exile.
You do not need to give up food that is white like pastas, rice and bread. You do, however, need to learn how to portion control your food and for optimum health, make a switch to the wholegrain versions of each.
Crumb 4: Fruit Is Bad.
Fruit is high in carbohydrates, yes, it’s packed with sugar. However, this sugar is naturally occurring, and fruit is dense with nutrients. Again, it’s about portion control, not cutting it out.
You need to let go of your carb demons and instead, learn how to balance your diet effectively so that your macro-nutrients and calories balance out. Don’t be afraid of carbs. Sunday mornings can still be reserved for tea and toast!