It is incredibly hard to give up bread and pasta just for the sake of losing some weight since carbohydrates are a food group our bodies desperately need to function properly. Fortunately, experts have some helpful tips for keeping those carb cravings at bay.
Carbohydrates enable the body to regulate blood sugar levels and use proteins as building blocks for our tissues. If we no longer consume carbs, the body will break down proteins for energy in return, which is not healthy in the long run.
The secret to maintaining a healthy balance between the carbohydrate intake and weight control is to consume the right types of carbs.
Nutritionists have known for years that healthy carbs can help people live long and healthy lives since they seem to be linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Healthy carbohydrates need to be paired with fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
If you plan to cook pasta for dinner go for whole grain. When choosing a sandwich for lunch pick whole-wheat bread on a daily basis. Experts agree that the problem is not about us not consuming enough carbohydrates, but about consuming the wrong types of carbohydrates, in large quantities.
Unhealthy Carbs Can Sicken Us
Highly processed carbohydrates like white rice, bagels, white bread, common pasta, and breakfast cereal, abruptly raise and reduce blood sugar levels, making us hungry more rapidly which usually leads to weight gain.
Unhealthy carbs can also cause the so-called metabolic syndrome which, in time, can lead to diabetes, stroke, and heart conditions.
Experts warn that the more unhealthy carbs we consume, the higher the risk of craving them is. The author of the best-selling book “Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently,” Prof. David Ludwig, noted cravings appear when we consume unhealthy carbs, also known as ‘fast-acting’ carbohydrates. A rapid spike in blood sugar levels – caused by these carbs – always leads to a crash or craving, the professor explained.
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