Welcome to our second “nutrition series” blog!

Today we answer the question “Are carbohydrates bad for me?”

We really could answer this with a short “NO!!”, however this blog is about educating as many people as we can about nutrition and what has worked for us and our weight management clients.

Carbohydrates can get a really bad reputation for making you “FAT” but really it is nothing to do with just eating carbs but everything to do with how much carbs you are eating and what type of carbs you are eating, we are going to answer 2 separate questions here:

  1. When and how much carbohydrates should I be eating?

This is a simple question with a very simple answer, you should have carbs with every single meal to help keep your energy levels up especially if you are now exercising as part of your weight management program!

Each meal should contain around 40% carbohydrates to keep a nice balance in your meals and give you that extra bit of energy to focus throughout the day.

2. What type of carbohydrates should I be eating?

There are 2 different types of carbohydrates that matter, simple and complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates are things like white rice, white pasta, potatoes, bread, cereals etc. These are carbohydrates that you should cut down on a little as simple carbs are broken down very quickly and almost immediately released into the body which has the same effect as having sugar as carbohydrates simplest form is sugar, this sugar is then released into the body giving you that initial boost in energy followed by regular hunger throughout the day.

Instead of having these simple carbs try eating from this list of complex carbohydrates.

  • Whole grain bread
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grain pasta or rice
  • Porridge
  • Fruit (however not too much fruit as it has a lot of sugar in it, your 5 a day should consist of around 3-4 veg to 1-2 fruit for balance)

We hope this helps answer any questions you guys may have on carbohydrates and we look forward to bringing the next edition on nutrition series to you very soon!

Stay great!

Health Heroes

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