Eat Carbohydrates for Weight Loss

Weight loss plans generally highlight a low carbohydrate approach. The truth behind this is: you WILL lose weight FASTER when you cut carbohydrates. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to losing weight and eating healthy. Honestly you will lose weight – however; it is best to understand how harmful this will be for your body and how hard it is to maintain any weight that is lost in this unhealthy manner.

Carbohydrates are you body’s main energy source. When you cut carbs – your body goes into a different metabolic state called ketosis – your body will burn your storage form of fat for energy. The problem with this is that carbohydrates are the energy source for your heart, lungs and brain! Ketones are not used and when building up in the body can be toxic. Ketosis and low carb diets are meal plans daily consisting of less than 100 grams of total carbohydrate. The best sources of carbohydrate (and healthiest) are whole grains (whole wheat bread, pasta, pitas, quinoa, whole grain couscous, oats, popcorn), fruits and vegetables. We need to focus on adding these foods in! They are full of antioxidants – and anti-cancer properties, give our bodies energy and taste great! Carbohydrates are burned first for energy when exercising – so you will likely burn off excess stores if you are eating healthy and in moderation!

The problem with ketosis is that is an unnatural state of metabolism. You can’t sustain this type of diet forever. When you start to add in carbs again; you will likely gain some of the weight (if not all of it) back. The best way to lose weight is to develop moderation with these carbohydrates. Try to ensure about 40-50% of your calories are coming from healthy carbs. Limit added sugars and alcohol. Add in more physical activity and watch the pounds melt away!

If you would like to meet with a Registered Dietitian to discuss the appropriate weight loss plan for you – please visit our website or contact us at Fitness Together – (330) 702-1311, www.FTYoungstown.com

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