The truth about carbohydrates

We’ve all been there! Trying to shed a few pounds — you know, winter fluff — so we think the best option is to cut back on the carbs. Bread is the enemy when all that’s in sight is a fit body.

But actually, carbs aren’t all that bad! In fact, they’re really essential to your daily nutrients.

Complex carbohydrates contain fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals that can help you stay full longer and even help you lose that stubborn belly fat. These complex carbs can be found in food like oatmeal, brown rice, whole grains and starchy vegetables.

Sure, carbs in excess can produce a larger percentage of fat, but any food eaten in excess will help you gain weight. You can always maintain a healthy physique when you make the decision to eat in moderation!

Simple carbs are more likely to be the culprits of any fat gain you may experience. They’re over-processed and can spike your blood sugar — they’re commonly found in foods such as white bread. Complex carbs take longer for your body to break down and use, which gives you that consistent energy when you use them. Complex carbs are also rich in dietary fiber, but fiber doesn’t necessarily contribute to your energy. Instead, it feeds the friendly bacteria in your digestive system, keeping you happy and healthy!

Carbs are broken down or transformed into glucose which can be used as energy. Having so much energy can heavily contribute to your lifting and cardio sessions. It’s almost like you don’t even need that pre-workout!

In the end, it all comes down to the conscious choices we make about what foods we eat. Stay smart when choosing your breads, cereals, snacks and anything else — and try to skip out on the sugary desserts and drinks. Carbs are your friend — and they’re your food!