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Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs

Posted Sep 21 2012 1:45am

What’s the Best Diet Plan for You?

Depending on the diet, you’re typically worrying about the amount of certain foods you take in. Some diets make you check the sugars and fats; others focus on calories and carbs. However, regardless of what diet you’re working with to lose weight, you need to know how carbohydrates work. Carbs can either make it or break it for you, depending on your physical activities.  Essentially, carbohydrates can be broken down in two forms: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. What makes carbohydrates simple is pretty much the chemical composition of the carbohydrate. Simple carbs typically have either one or two sugars and have almost no nutritional value. You normally don’t try to consume so much simple carbs if you’re doing extensive exercising because the foods that consist of simple carbs don’t have enough nutrients to help sustain your body during physical stress.  So that’s why you usually hear some dieticians say not to drink fruit juice or eat a whole lot of fruit, because they have simple carbs and they’re loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which all essentially translates to fat.  Now,  it doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite fruit or drink some juice from time to time; all that matters is that you consume those foods in careful moderation.  Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, have a more complex chemical structure of sugars. Not just that, but these carbs also have essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help assist eating regulation and endurance in training. To put it simply, complex carbs is your body’s energy source to move as our body uses complex carbs to function effectively either on a normal basis or during physical activity.  Most healthy foods have complex carbs, such as spinach, broccoli, skimmed milk, and beans. Of course, you’d have to be careful on your consumption of complex carbs as well. There are foods like potatoes and rice that are also full of complex carbs, but if you’re not consistent with your workout and your consumption of complex carbs is more than the burning of those carbs through exercise, you will only be gaining the weight you are trying to lose.

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