As have learned that carbohydrates are one of the macronutrients – but not really a much-loved one! Celebs and fad diets have given carbs a bad reputation, but we’re here to tell you – carbs are not the enemy!
Carbohydrates are our primary source of energy and contain 4 calories per gram. They are of two kinds – simple and complex.
Simple carbs, also known as ‘unfriendly carbs’, are quick to digest and break down at a faster rate in the body. This leads to a sudden spike in blood sugar levels and also adds to body fat if it isn’t burned off with an active lifestyle. Some examples of simple carbs are maida (refined flour), potatoes, rice, white bread, sugar, and junk food.
On the other hand, complex carbs or ‘friendly carbs’ are slow to digest and release a steady amount of sugar in the body, making them the healthier choice for most people, especially with a sedentary or low-activity lifestyle.
An added advantage of complex carbs is that it contains fiber, which helps to keep you full longer and boosts healthy cholesterol function. Some examples of complex carbs are vegetables, fruits, whole grains and pulses.
How much is too much?
Everyone needs a different ratio of carbohydrates in their diet based on lifestyle, genetics and activity levels. Our Gene Test will help determine if you can metabolise carbs, and the right quantity and kind of carb required to optimize your weight loss and improve functional fitness, based on your genetics.
Bonus tip: Eating an excess of simple carbs can raise blood sugar levels over time and even lead to obesity and worsen diabetes, especially if you aren’t active. Instead, go for fiber-rich complex carbs that boost your energy levels and keep the excess weight off.
Courtesy: XCode Life