Within the fitness world there is a common misconception that one of the most important macronutrients is an enemy we all need to avoid and that is carbohydrates. In fact there are so many myths circling the idea of low carb diets in order to avoid ‘putting on extra fat’ that products like the Atkins Diet and the Blood Sugar Diet are genuine things that people spend their money on. Not only is this extremely silly it also put your health at risk! In order to make things clear once and for all the team here at Fitness Training Solutions are going to give our opinion on carbs…
Not Created Equally
Carbohydrates are found in a range of different foods and can affect the body in various different ways. For example, refined carbs such as those that you find in junk food like biscuits, cakes, sugars and white food like bread and pasta are made up of something known as simple sugars and can be digested extremely quickly by our body, causing our blood sugar to rise and fall suddenly. You may have heard the term ‘empty calories’ used when referencing this food group. On the other hand you have complex carbs which contain lot of fibre and are digested slowly so can provide the body with a lot of energy. Plus, they tend to keep us fuller for longer which makes them much more nutritionally beneficial.
You would never look at a vegetable during a diet and tell yourself not to eat it because it is considered healthy, right? So why do we so actively avoid consuming carbohydrates like bread and rice when the vast majority of vegetables are also carbohydrates?! In fact, whilst vegetables do contain carbohydrates they are also made up of vital vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants so we would be silly to cut them from our diet!
It is safe to say that without carbohydrates our body would be put at serious risk. After all, we need them in order to fuel bodily activity from things as simple as breathing to strenuous exercise like jogging. If you’re still confused or would like to find out more about the function or macronutrients in the body contact a member of the team and ask about our fitness instructor courses today – you may just unlock the steps to a brand new career!