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Starchy Carbs vs. Fibrous Carbs

Posted Feb 01 2010 6:26am

Did you know that the end result of all carbohydrates broken down by the body is glucose, also called blood sugar?

So whether it’s a spoon of sugar, a piece of bread, or some broccoli, the body breaks each down to use at its main fuel source, blood sugar. So there is no question that the body needs carbs to operate.

But where should those carbs come from?

There are simple carbohydrates like fruit, syrup, and sugar and there are complex carbohydrates like bread, pasta, potatoes, and oatmeal.

The difference between simple and complex carbohydrates is the speed at which the body breaks them down to utilize as glucose.

Simple carbohydrates like table sugar and fruit are converted more rapidly for a quick energy boost. They create a quick boost of energy followed by a rapid
decline, almost like a “crash” and leave you wanting and needing something else.

Complex carbohydrates take longer to break down and offer a more sustained supply of energy for the body. This being the case, complex carbohydrates should be your main choice for energy for that precise reason.

If you want a quick way to drop fat weight, switch from starchy carbohydrates like bread, pasta, and rice to more fibrous, leafy ones like vegetables.

Weight (fat) loss comes from getting rid of excess calories, to create a deficit in calories so that your body must dip into stored body fat for energy.

When you begin to continuously create a calorie deficit, your body continuously will attack fat stores for needed energy and this is how weight loss (fat loss) occurs.

So what we want to do is cut out calories anywhere we can to increase the chances of creating a deficit of calories.

For effective fat loss, it is important to choose those foods that offer high volume but low calories. This way you do not feel deprived, you’re still eating a lot of food, you’re just not getting a lot of calories in return.

Vegetables offer this luxury.

You can eat a lot in volume, but do not get a lot of calories in return, unless you deep fry them or drown them in butter, which I do not recommend.

This high volume, low calorie luxury is not true with starchy carbohydrates. A small serving of starchy carbs is still high in calories.

Starchy carbohydrates will give you more calories than
vegetables.

So from a fat loss perspective, choose the carbohydrate that offers the lower calorie amount and larger volume–veggies.

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