Carbohydrates are sugars. They are your body’s main source of energy. Each gram of carbohydrate equals four calories. Carbohydrates come from breads, pastas, oats, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Not all carbs are created equal. The carbs that you will want to base most of your diet on will be quality carbs such as whole
grains—like wheat and oats—and, of course, fruits and vegetables. Generally speaking, fruits are higher in carbohydrates than vegetables, as the fructose in them that makes them sweet is a sugar. Potatoes and corn, though, are very high in sugar.
Eat a steady flow of carbohydrates throughout the day, but frontload the larger portions of carbohydrates in the early part of
the day so that your body can utilize them instead of storing them. This is why it is good to eat fruit in the morning and vegetables in the evening.
Do NOT be afraid to eat carbohydrates! But you should track and measure the amount of carbs that your body needs based on
how energetic you feel. Pay attention to how sustained your energy levels are throughout the day. Do you feel like you can focus all day and that you have the energy to accomplish your necessary daily tasks? If not, look at how you are putting your meals together and make sure they are balanced.
People who are looking to lose weight and tone up should choose complex carbohydrates and decrease their intake by about
half. If you normally eat a cup of rice at a meal, replace it with a half-cup. If you need to make up calories, do so using protein and/or non-starchy (low-carb) vegetables.
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