Kick (Most) Carbs to the Curb!

By on 06/01/2018

low carbHave you ever noticed that most popular diets (ketogenic, Atkins, etc.) require little to no carbohydrates?

Have you ever wondered why most carbs are considered “bad” and why they need be to cut when trying to lose weight or eat healthy?

Why are carbs bad?

When you eat more carbohydrates than you burn, your body stores them as fat. Refined and processed carbs (which make of the majority of our foods), raise your blood sugar levels which causes your body to produce more insulin to regulate the sugar levels. However, insulin is a fat-storing hormone. It finds carbs and processes them into fat, and with more carbs/insulin in your system, more fat will get stored.

When you reduce or eliminate the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, your body will burn whatever carbs are present for energy first, and then switch over to burning fat for energy. You are basically restricting carbs and allowing your body to turn to your stored fat for energy production.

Also, when eating less carbs, you eat more fats and proteins instead, both of which help you feel fuller longer and can help reduce snacking and portion size.

Are any carbs good?

Yes! There are 2 main types of carbohydrates: refined and unrefined. Refined carbs like white flour, sugar, white pasta, and white rice have been processed and stripped of their beneficial vitamins and fiber. As a result they are quickly absorbed and cause a sudden spike in blood sugar, as discussed above.

However, unrefined carbs like brown rice, whole-wheat, oat, barley, and rye are absorbed by your system slower and don’t cause a sudden spike in blood sugar, meaning additional insulin is not needed and excess carbs are not so readily stored as fat.

whole-vs-refined-grains

When reducing carbs to increase weight loss, it is still important to limit the amount of “good” carbs as well, since consuming more carbs than you burn will prevent your body from switching over to burning stored fat for energy. Too many of any carbs will contribute to an excess of carbohydrates that will continue to be processed and stored as additional fat.

Here are some of our favorite ideas and recipes for eating well without the carbs!

Top carbohydrate substitutes:

  • Instead of toast, slice and roast a sweet potato then top it with an egg for a delicious, protein packed breakfast!
  • Instead of pasta, use spiraled zucchini noodles. They are so popular now you can even get frozen, organic zucchini noodles in the freezer section of your grocery store!
  • Instead of french fries, try sliced and roasted carrots or green beans with garlic salt!
  • Instead of snacking on chips, snack on veggie chips (like roasted kale or carrot).
  • Instead of rice, use cauliflower rice, quinoa or farro.

To start on the path of low-carb cooking, here are links to our favorite top recipes!

zucchini-pasta-with-chicken-pistachios-recipe

And let’s not forget everyone’s favorite… Dessert! 

Low carb and carb free eating is actually very easy and delicious! Once you get passed the detox and cravings for simple carbs and sugars that your body has gotten used to, you’ll realize how easy it actually is to eliminate them from your eating habits and how much better you will feel! Let’s not also forget the weight loss!

If you have a special low carb recipe that you just can’t live without, please share it with us! 

 

 

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Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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