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So what is the truth behind carbs? Sometimes weight loss is not as easy as calories in versus calories out. Although having a simplified approach may make sense, developing a nutrition plan needs to be taken into more detail. More complex factors must be taken into consideration such as the makeup of macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as adequate intakes of vitamins and minerals.

Contrary to the ever-popular belief that carbohydrates are the enemy, it is essential that your overall intake is made up between 40-60%. This equates to roughly 200g per day for the average adult female and 230g per day for the average male.

Why so many?

This is because that 1g of carbohydrates yield almost twice as much energy than 1g of protein or fat, and additionally, it is the preferred fuel source for optimal brain function.

Good vs. Bad carbohydrates –Here’s the Truth behind Carbs

There is truth to the notion that there are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates

What makes them good?

These forms of carbohydrates take longer for the body to breakdown, giving a longer and more sustained energy release throughout the day, meaning they can be burned off as they become available.

Good (complex) carbohydrates include:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Vegetables
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Raisins

What makes them bad?

These forms of carbohydrates provide quick energy for the body. While this may sound good, they completely saturate the muscles energy stores, meaning that the excess energy is stored as fat.

Bad (simple) carbohydrates include:

  • Baked goods
  • White bread
  • Sugary food


Simply, bad/simple carbohydrates lead to excess energy that has nowhere to go once the muscles become full, therefore gets stored as fat in the body. More simple carbohydrates = more fat stored.

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