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4 Reasons To Eat More Carbs

Want to think or clearly or lose weight? Think that the low-carb diet is the way to do it? Read this first.

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Have you banished bread from your diet? Given up on fruit for good? Can you even remember the last time you had a bowl of pasta? For many women, a carb-free diet, or as close to it as they can get, has become a way of life. We’ve all heard the rumors: to optimize the fat burning process, carbs should be gone for good. In fact, you might even feel like just looking at carbs makes the pounds pile onto your hips. Right?

4 Reasons To Eat More Carbs
If you’ve avoided carbs for as long as you can remember, it’s time to bring some of them back to your diet. Here’s why. But first, a short lesson on good carbs versus bad carbs…

Good VS. Bad Carbs

Let’s face the facts, not all carbs are healthy for you. Understanding the good versus bad carbohydrates is key to adding them back to your diet properly.

What are Bad Carbs?

Ever heard the term “Bread Butt”? Cookies, cakes, crackers, bread and so on are not going to be providing you much in the way of health boosting benefits. In fact, these carbohydrates can actually lead to symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, weight gain, poor vision, concentration troubles, diabetes, and can also increase your risk of autoimmune diseases as well. If you want to learn more about that, I recommend a book called Grain Brain.

4 Reasons To Eat More Carbs

Yup, you guessed it. This is a BAD carb!

Gluten intolerance is a very common condition for many people and occurs when you consume anything that contains wheat, rye, or barley. Although you can test for it, the tests notoriously give false negatives, so the best way to tell if you have a gluten sensitivity is to eliminate gluten from your diet completely for two months to see how you feel. Many people feel a night-vs-day difference and haven’t looked back.

What are Good Carbs?

Instead of breads, wheat and sugary carbs, put the focus on naturally occurring good carbohydrates. Bananas, berries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, apples – all of these are highly nutritious must-haves in your diet protocol. They’ll provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber – important elements for good health.

4 Reasons To Eat More Carbs

Quinoa and berries make a great, GOOD carb, breakfast.

In addition to that, getting your high energy forms of carbohydrates from sweet potatoes and yams along with brown rice, and quinoa will provide the energy you need to do your workout session.

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Rebecca is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

Reader Discussion: 11 Comments

  1. Nope! Not gonna happen. Whole oats I will eat, But I still will limit it. Carbs are by far more dangerous than straight up consuming fats.

  2. I agree with Shannon on this. As a nutrition coach myself, I see a lot of people who just completely cut out carbohydrates based on a irrational fear. Often times, just adding more carbs in, makes all the difference.

  3. KZ Evans

    I could not disagree more. I’m on a ketogenic diet and I’m feeling like a million bucks limiting my carbs intake has made me lose weight, not crave for any carbs (until my cheat day), and live a healthy and active lifestyle. carbs sure are important but i can live with the bare minimum requirement of it.

  4. Hannah Mayers

    I believe that obsession to weight loss or being very thin causes this wrong beliefs. This article is an eye opener for everyone (particularly those who believe that it is carb intake that’s causing weight gain). I believe that everything should be taken in moderation. That will keep you fitter 🙂

  5. Courtney Watson

    “In fact, you might even feel like just looking at carbs makes the pounds pile onto your hips. Right?”

    Right! That’s my thinking… This article gives a lot of help to people like me who has wrong thinking about carbs… LOL!

  6. Successful diets should always be about moderation, rather than completely eliminating an entire group of foods. Carbs are an important part of your diet and should never be completely cut!

  7. Jen Spillane

    It is really refreshing to read a pro-carbs article! Personally, I think eating carbs is important for your mental health not only because your brain requires them, but because psychologically I feel better knowing that I'm not depriving myself.

  8. I'm always hearing about people going on low-carb diets in order to lose weight, never myself though. It's good to know that it's completely wrong thing to do. Carbs are important. Thanks for the article. I hope others read this to be well informed as well!

  9. Having all the food groups in your diet is crucial, including carbohydrates. Personally, I love Basmati rice with steamed veggies and chicken. (It's the perfect dinner that has variety and a bit healthier than pasta with tomato sauce!) Plus, exercising requires fuel..so eating healthy carbs will give you that extra boost while lifting or going on a long run after work.

  10. Sara E Liz

    It's terrible when people eliminate carbs from their diet. Carbohydrates are the ONLY nutrient that your brain can function on. That's right, protein and fat don't benefit the brain at all.

    • Paulina Vintani

      That is so true, thank you! The only thing is to balance the amount of carb you eat with the other nutrients and don’t do the extreme and eat too many carbs. Sometimes I did and I was feeling sick.

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