Our creators of weight loss fresh meals delivered in Sydney know that carbs can be a highly controversial topic when it comes to weight loss and fitness nutrition.
Most dietary guidelines suggest that we get about half of our calories from carbohydrates, however some claim that carbs cause both obesity and type 2 diabetes, suggesting many should be avoiding them.
So what are carbs and what types of carbs are out there?
Our creators of bodybuilding meals in Sydney explain that carbs, or carbohydrates, are molecules that have carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms. As far at nutrition goes, carbs refer to one of the three macronutrients. Two of which are protein and fat.
There are three main categories of dietary carbohydrates:
Sugars: These are short chain carbs including glucose, fructose galactose and sucrose.
Starches: These long chains of glucose molecules will eventually get broken down into glucose during digestion.
Fibre: Humans cannot digest fibre, although your digestive system bacteria will make use of them.
The main purpose of carbohydrates
The main purpose of carbohydrates is to provide energy. Most carbs get broken down or transformed into glucose, which can be used as energy, with excess carbs turning into stored fat, for later use. Fibre is an exception however, feeding your friendly bacteria in the digestive system.
Our prepared fitness meals in Sydney explain that we must remember that not all carbs are created equal. We can define carbs in to two simple categories, “refined “and “whole”.
The carbs we should be eat are “whole carbs” as these are unprocessed and contain naturally found fibre, whilst “refined carbs” have had the fibre stripped out and should be avoided, if not for weight loss, for our health in general.
Examples of whole carbs include vegetables, whole fruit, legumes, potatoes and whole grains. These foods are good for us and very healthy. On the other hand, the bad refined carbs include sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices, pastries, white bread, white pasta, white rice and others.
Numerous studies show that refined carbohydrate consumption is associated with health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes. While it is true that added sugars and refined carbs are linked to increased obesity, the same is not true of fibre-rich, whole-food sources of carbohydrates.
No matter your fitness goals, our experts in prepared fitness meals in Sydney are on hand to ensure your daily nutrition requirements are balanced with whole carbohydrates. Make sure you order your weight loss fresh meal delivered in Sydney!