Ever since the Atkins revolution, everyone seems to be confused about carbs. I’m going to try to help out with that. Here are some important facts to remember when deciding on your perfect carb regimen:
– Carbohydrates are not bad, in fact, they are your main source of energy. However, there are types of carbs that are not good for you.
– The best carbs to include in your diet are from leafy greens, other vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (i.e. brown rice, quinoa, amaranth)
– The types of carbs to avoid/limit are from food sources like donuts, cookies, cakes, crusts, over-processed breads and wraps, soda, chips, fried foods – basically, anything high in sugar or overly processed.
– The daily recommended allowance of carbohydrates is 300g for a 2000 calorie diet. If you are aiming to lose weight, you can lower that slightly to about 150-200g. Also, many adults do not require a 2K calorie diet, in which case the number of carbs would be even fewer.
In general, westerners consume more carbs daily than necessary. Reducing your carbohydrate intake will help you lose weight, but changing your carb intake to include more whole foods as well as reducing your intake will help you lose weight and improve your health!
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