People often feel that having ‘fat’ makes you fat. Carbohydrates are the real culprits. Before we get into the perspicacity of carbs, let me tell you- the carbohydrates which the body is not able to burn.
Now, carbohydrates can be divided into 3 categories.
- Simple carbohydrates – The main source of fat under the bodies. They have a simple molecular structure, the simplest form being glucose. Now, they are present in stuff like white rice, pasta, sugar, wheat. The body uses a part of it for daily activities. But, most of it remain it the body, getting stored as fat. If not used by the body, they tend to accumulate. However, simple carbs are also found in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products which are a healthy source of carbohydrates, as the body is able to quickly burn them. As a general rule, white rice, bread, pasta, wheat and sugar if weight loss is your goal. Include fruits, green veggies as much as you can.
- Complex carbohydrates – Complex carbohydrates are also made up of sugars, but the sugar molecules are strung together to form longer, more complex chains. This can be found in whole grain foods, beans. Understand the fact that the manufacturers cheat on you in both ways. They refine the complex carbs, hence causing them to lose their complex chains, and all the properties which made it a healthy source. On top of that, they sell you the refined products at higher rates. Hence, opt for more complex carbs over your daily simple carbs.
- Fibrous carbohydrates – Rich source of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and other nutrients. Found in green vegetables, oats, muesli, corn flakes etc. These are full of fiber, which is the indigestible portion of plant material (i.e. vegetables). This means that much of the food passes straight through the gut and is not absorbed, thus they are great ‘colon cleansers’ and are essential for keeping the digestive process running clean and healthily. Hence, be your goal fat loss or weight gain, include fibrous carbs in your breakfast as much as you can.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to carbohydrates is that-
Brown is Good! (wholegrain bread, brown rice, sweet potato) and WHITE IS BAD (Bread, rice, sugar, white potatoes)
- Next post about fat coming up.