• Caroline Rubin

The Truth About Carbs

Updated: Apr 12

Ah, the carb. The supermodel's worst enemy and the average person's kryptonite. As a society, we tend to imagine the carb as it's own entity, that potatoes and pasta are virtually the same, and, the most common thinking, that all carbs are bad. However, what society gets wrong is that there are two different groups of carbs, and they are vastly different. There are unhealthy carbs and healthy carbs. Pasta, white bread, white rice, white potatoes are bad carbs, they are a huge reason why people gain weight and don't have flat stomachs. They also have virtually no nutritional value. Sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, chickpeas, faro, and fruit these are carbs that are loaded with vitamins and minerals and can be extremely beneficial when it comes to maintaining weight. So, you ask, how do carbs fit in with my diet? Well, it all depends. First of all, no one should be eating white carbs everyday, in fact, eliminating white carbs can be the most drastic and great change to your diet. At first, eliminating all carbs (especially the unhealthy ones) can result in dizziness, headache, and fatigue. This is your body's natural reaction to cutting out an entire food group, especially if you consume carbs for every meal. Experts say that these sensations can last from a few days to a few weeks. Mine lasted for two days. However, after that, your body feels renewed, energized, and light. Unhealthy carbs (white carbs) are the main reason for stomach bloat. If you want to get rid of that extra stomach bloat, taking out carbs from your diet is the ideal way to do this.


Since white carbs break down into sugar, overeating of them can result in metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is high blood sugar. Right now, metabolic syndrome might not seem like a big deal, but it can result in diabetes. Diabetes is extremely dangerous and can limit your lifespan.


On another note, if you are trying to drop the pounds and drop stomach fat, the most effective way to do this is by eliminating most carbs (not fruit), making exceptions for the healthy ones on certain occasions. However, when it comes to maintaining the weight you lost and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is necessary to consume healthy carbs. I will give myself as an example in this situation. When I decided to loose weight, I went completely carb free, as someone who practically ate carbs like drinking water, it was very difficult. Yet soon, I felt the best I had felt in my entire life. My mind was clear, my stomach was practically flat, and I had so much energy. Then, as I began to come to the end of my weight loss journey, I felt sick and exhausted. I learned that our bodies need carbohydrates to maintain weight after it is lost. So I ate healthy carbs, and soon felt just as great as I did before. See, it is so important to do what your body needs and listen to it above all. Your body needs food and the nutrients that come from it, and you should never deprive yourself of what your body needs. There's a rule that I like to live by, don't delete, replace. Instead of eating a white potato or a side of pasta, order a plate of roasted cauliflower, vegetables, quinoa, or faro. It takes only a second to make a choice you and your body will be proud of.

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