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Carbs – The Truth About This Nutrient Outcast!

Carbs – The Truth About This Nutrient Outcast!

All I hear about these days is that if you want to lose weight you need to get rid of the carbs! This is a ridiculous mindset that has warped the American public and we are still the fattest nation around. So it appears that whatever most of us thought we new about carbs or nutrition doesn’t seem to be so accurate.

The truth is that carbs provide us with the necessary energy that we need to accomplish most physical tasks. They are simply a need for the human body in order to function properly from day to day. Now when I say function I mean that in order for us to do work, workout, or keep our metabolism in check we have to have carbs to function. Eliminating or attempting to eliminate this essential nutrient will only screw up the normal function and balance of our bodies.

Now, at the same time, I think that we are lacking common sense. When I say carbs are necessary I don’t mean to go out to the nearest Italian restaurant and place a family order of pasta to down all by yourself. Don’t be ridiculous. It is sad that I even have to say that, but that is the mindset of a lot of people and they constantly wonder why they have a weight problem. Just like anything else the carbs that you ingest should be monitored. Just like you would monitor how much junk food you would feed your own kid you should monitor what carbs you put into your body.

The biggest thing is to just do what you think is healthy. Get rid of the sweets, sodas, and junk food. Also manage how much of and when you eat complex carbs or starches like pastas, potatoes, and breads. These complex carbs are good, but your body takes longer to burn these off. Because of this it is better to eat these earlier in the day.

Make the simple adjustments for big results. Remember that old habits die hard. So go out and start good habits!

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I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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