3 Myths About Carbs
Carbs might have the worst reputation of all nutritional elements. Everyone hates them, or at least that’s surely the way it seems. Take a look at today’s most popular dieting trends, many of them include “low carb” or practically no-carb diets. Are carbs truly the culprit behind irritating weight gain? Is it true that carbs should only be eaten before a workout? Who is the bigger villain between carbs and calories? Find out the answers to these questions and more below!
Myth #1: Carbs Make You Gain Weight
This statement is only semi-correct. Because in reality, whether you eat too many carbs, calories, or fats does not matter. Too much of any of those things will make you gain weight. The good news is carbs actually can help you lose weight. How? Well, one reason is carbs are our body’s main source of energy. When carbs are consumed they immediately begin to break down and ultimately turn into energy through the metabolic process. More energy can equal more activity. Naturally, if you are more active, it is less likely that you gain weight. Learn more about how carbs can help you lose weight here, and in the meantime, stop believing this myth.
Myth #2: You Should Not Eat Carbs After You Workout
Most people are afraid to eat carbs after a workout, and rightfully so. After the hard work you put in at the gym or during your home workout, there’s no way you want to let that go to waste by eating the wrong foods after. There are different types of carbs, and the type of carb (one high in processed sugar or one high in fiber) determines whether you should eat the carbs in the first place. If you are trying to lose weight, eating carbs that contain high levels of processed sugars like cake or donuts, is the wrong way to go. However, after a workout, your body needs to be restored with energy. As we learned above, “good” carbs = energy. With that said, carbs like fruits or dark leafy greens will do your body some good after a workout, leaving you feeling satisfied and refueled. Overall, try to eat within two hours of your workout, and stop believing this myth.
Myth #3: Carbs are Worse Than Calories
If you believe this, it is most likely because you either “calorie count” or “count your carbs.” Neither is “bad,” they are simply different. A healthy diet will not eliminate either calories or carbs. Instead, keep a few things in mind when doing either:
- There is such a thing as going too far with the “low calorie” diets. Look up how many calories you should be eating for your height and weight. Burn more calories than you consume. Boom!
- Even though something is “low carb,” it can also be high in both fat and calories. Although you may lose weight using this method, don’t forget to monitor your intake of such foods. Over-indulgence is never a good idea.
- Depriving yourself of the right amount of either carbs or calories will result in a lack of energy. Further proving that neither is better or worse than the other. They are simply different, and you should stop believing this myth.