Dieting post marathon 4. Carbohydrates and their functions in diet

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What are carbohydrates and how they work?

I like to refer to carbohydrates as the fuel for our body, which is in reality quite true, they act as the main energy supplier for your body.

Our body is constantly burning energy, in a form of carbohydrates or fats. So it is pretty easy to figure out that when our body has too much fuel it has to store it somewhere, and the only logical place for our body to do that is body fat.

There are two basic types of carbohydrates, the simple and the complex carbohydrates.

Their names both come from their molecular structure. When we refer to simple carbohydrates we usually refer to refined sugars and processed food.

You should know that there are also some simple carbohydrates that are good for your body. But it is still best to stay away from all of them, just to be sure. Refined sugars are actually complex carbohydrates that had transformed their molecular structure and became simple ones, that have no nutritional value whatsoever, some like white sugar even have negative value, since they absorb minerals from your body. So stay away from them for all costs when dieting.

The other type of carbohydrates are the complex ones, that are usually found in vegetables like rice beans and potatoes. The best thing about these carbohydrates is that your body is completely able to absorb all the energetic value they provide.

Another good thing about them is that they will make you feel like you are full even if you haven’t really eaten that much. And they are the best way of maintaining your diet if you are coming close to your maximum daily caloric intake.

And they can prevent you from feeling any starvation or hunger.

carbohydrates in storeYou can find them in foods like broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, cauliflower, green beans, cucumber, spinach and many more. They sometimes contain up to 10x less in caloric value than other carbohydrates.

On the bottom line if you are consuming natural carbohydrates that are not refined or processed in any way, you should be fine, but if you are consuming a lot of processed carbohydrates, then it is time for you to change your nutritional habits, since you are doing more harm than good to your body.

It is very hard to completely remove all refined and processed carbohydrates from your menu, due to them appearing in so many foods these day. But you will achieve much if you simply try to avoid them as much as you possibly can.

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