Carbohydrates: Are There Different Kinds of Carbs?

Carbohydrates are crucial if you want to achieve your fat loss goals. Like protein, they yield 4 calories per gram. Carbohydrates are your main energy source. Those of you who have tried a low carb diet know that the less carbs you consume, the less energy you have.

When carbs are ingested, your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps the carbs to be stored in the muscles or as fat and this depends on the carb type and intake. If you take in too many carbs and/or the wrong sort of carbs you will get fat. However, the right intake and type of carbs will lead to a leaner and more energetic you.

Stored carbs in the body are also known as glycogen. Glycogen (stored carbohydrates) is important to have in your body before working out. It will help to supply you with energy, and not only enable you to achieve better fat loss results, but also help your overall physique.

There are two types of carbohydrates: complex and simple.

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A. Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbs are time-released in the body and thus provide you with sustained energy for a longer period of time. Complex carbohydrates are a necessity to have in your diet in order to decrease your body fat.

There are two types of complex carbs: Starchy and Fibrous

Starchy Carbs consist of:

• Oatmeal

• Baked Potatoes

• Sweet Potatoes

• Brown Rice

• White Rice

• Whole Wheat Bread

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Fibrous carbs consist of:

• Broccoli

• Green Beans

• Asparagus

• Cauliflower

• Celery

• Cucumbers

• Lettuce

• Zucchini

Note: This is just a general guideline to inform you of what kinds of foods fall under these categories. To find out how often and how much you must consume on a daily basis, check out my diet charts later on in the book. You will also be given a list of close to 100 different foods to choose from.

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B. Simple Carbohydrates

Simple carbs are fast acting and give you immediate energy. It is best to eat these carbs right after a workout because they will help you to recover quickly. After a workout, your body needs carbohydrates and proteins in order to start the recovery process. Thus, simple carbs should be consumed along with some complex carbs after your workout.

Simple carbs are mainly fruits such as:

• Bananas

• Apples

• Cantaloupe

• Grapes

• Pears

• Strawberries

• Lemons

So now that you know what the different kinds of carbs are, make sure to follow a good diet that follows that macronutrient management principles and you will be well on your way to achieving your fitness and weight loss goals!

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