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Carbohydrates, or “carbs,” have a foul popularity lately and it’s unwarranted. They’re considered one of the three nutrients along with proteins and fats that provide energy (calories) within the human food plan.

Somewhere along the way in which, someone claimed that carbs are the rationale lots of us struggle with our weight. That’s simply not true. Because weight management is such a difficult issue for a lot of, with no good solutions, people seized upon this as “the reply.”

Here is the reality, explained.

Some foods in our food plan that provide carbs are bread, pasta, grains, fruits, dairy products, vegetables, beans and seeds. Most foods contain a mixture of carbs, protein and fat. After we eat, the carbohydrates are burned first. You would say, as a teacher of mine described it, that “metabolism burns with a carbohydrate flame.”

After we avoid carbs, the body must manufacture them for many of the fundamental bodily functions. One type of carbohydrate that you will have heard about is blood sugar, which is the way in which that energy is carried within the blood to all of the cells of the body. Carbohydrates fulfill many other functions, too.



Great example of a plate with a healthy number of food: tomatoes, salami, cucumbers, and cheese. 

Three popular diets – paleo, keto and Atkins – prescribe avoiding carbs almost completely. Many individuals find they reduce weight more easily using these diets. Nonetheless, just about all the burden loss is generally regained. It’s because much of the lost weight is fluid.

Carbohydrate is stored with water in muscle and other parts of the body. After we don’t devour it, stored carbohydrate is burned to fulfill the bodily needs, releasing that water. Other reasons for weight regain include replenishment of carbohydrate stores, and since people are inclined to overeat once they finally get to have foods with carbohydrate.

Humans are omnivorous, meaning we eat all kinds of foods. You would say we’re designed to eat a wide range of foods. After we restrict entire categories, we risk not getting all of the essential nutrients we want. Eating the widest possible number of foods is one of the best approach to a healthy, balanced food plan.



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Dr. Ellen Glovsky. 

Ellen Glovsky is a Key Biscayne resident, published writer and Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach.  Her work focuses on helping people explore and enhance their relationship with food, using a “Health At Every Size” approach. She can be involved within the island community together with her work on KBCF’s Women’s Giving Circle.

If you’ve gotten questions you desire to answered, you may reach her at ellen@nutrition-coach.com.

To learn more, visit nutrition-coach.com

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