Have you heard the buzz about eating “low-carb” for weight loss but never really understood all of the facts? Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness wants you to know the “skinny” on carbohydrates so you can use them effectively in your diet to achieve maximum weight loss.
Carbohydrate is a term for all sugars. They are the body’s fuel for many functions. They supply the energy needed for the muscles, brain and central nervous system. During digestion, all carbohydrates are broken down into glucose before they can enter the bloodstream where insulin helps the close enter the body’s cells. Some of the glucose is stored in the liver and a muscle for future use, to fuel a workout for example; however, if there is extra glucose (if too many carbs are consumed), the body stores it as fat. This is where carbs contribute to weight gain or inhibit weight loss.
At Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness, our nutritionists teach our clients about “good” carbs and “bad” carbs? Carbohydrates are found in sweet and starchy plant-derived foods, including fruits and vegetables, grains, and processed products. Every single source of carbohydrates falls somewhere on the Glycemic Index (GI), which is the scale of how fast the carbs from the food enter the bloodstream. High GI foods enter the bloodstream quickly, whereas lower GI foods enter the blood at a slower and steadier pace.
When high GI foods are consumed in high amounts, they cause sudden surges in blood sugar levels. This results in increases in insulin release, elevating appetite and increasing excess fat storage. Lower GI foods, such as many complex carbohydrates (or starches) are structurally more complex and take longer to break down and digest. Because they enter the bloodstream gradually, they trigger only a moderate rise in insulin levels, not contributing as much to increased appetite and fat storage, this not contributing as much to weight gain.
Our nutrition experts at Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness encourage clients to choose their carbohydrates well! Unrefined or “whole grain” carbohydrates found in products like brown rice and whole wheat pasta, contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber which promote overall health. Refined grains, such as white bread, pretzels, cookies and pasties, are stripped of these vitamins and minerals during the refining process. In other words, they offer little to no nutritional value.
When carbohydrates are consumed is as important as what type of carbohydrates are consumed. At Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness we teach our clients to be “Carb Free After 3”. In other words, we encourage clients to consume their carbohydrates earlier in the day rather than later. Carbohydrates are burned more efficiently in the early hours of the day than they are at night. Efficiently burned carbs result in more successful weight loss.
Carbohydrates are not your ultimate enemy! You can educate yourself and learn how to choose carbohydrates well! Making the lifestyle change to give your body the right fuel at the right time of day will help you achieve maximum weight loss. Our team at Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss can equip you with the information and tools that you need to develop a healthy lifestyle that lasts.
For more information on how carbohydrates affect weight loss, or to develop a specific weight loss plan, call Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness to set up an appointment. We can help you get on the road to better food choices, an effective exercise routine, and a healthy lifestyle with weight loss results that will last!