Weight loss specialists and weight loss doctors alike agree that carbohydrates can hinder your weight loss when used incorrectly. However, most healthy medical weight loss plans include some amount of carbs, even if it is a small amount.
What are carbs?
In a nutshell, carbohydrates are nutrients that break down in the body as glucose to be used as a primary source of energy. Low-carb diets are all the rage and it can be seen that low-carb diets see people lose more weight in the first six months, but most diets tend to even out by a year. The bottom line is that not all carbohydrates are created equal.
The quality and quantity of these carbohydrates is what will influence your medical weight loss plan. The main difference between less processed, wholegrain products and more refined grains is that whole grains contain the endosperm, germ and bran of the plant where refined grains only have the endosperm.
Refined grains tend to be more fattening because they are more likely to contain added sugar. Refined grains or simple carbs have a high glycaemic index which can spike blood sugar levels. Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to integrate healthy carbs into your medical weight loss plan.
Why you need carbs
You need carbs because they are considered the main source of energy for your body in a balanced diet. If you consume too much then when it is turned into glucose and absorbed into the blood stream the glucose that is not used as energy is stored as fat. This is why less is more, when it comes to carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are an important source of fibre, which is associated with diminished risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Carbohydrates and weight loss
The fact is you can live without sugar, but you can’t live without carbs. However small the amount of carbohydrates allowed by your medical weight loss plan, it will help you to lose weight.
What you need to remember and what any weight loss specialist will tell you is that it is not carbs that are the enemy, it’s added sugar. Keeping healthy high-fibre grains in your diet can even help you lose weight by giving you a slow release source of energy.