~Ditch the Diet~
Today we are going to be talking about the most controversial of macronutrients – carbohydrates.
As we have been discussing recently, there are three macronutrients: Carbohydrate, Fat, Protein. Macronutrients are nutrients that provide calories (or energy) for our bodies.
No other nutrient causes so much confusion or controversy as carbs.
Carbohydrates are the macronutrient that our bodies need in the LARGEST amounts. Believe it or not, you can be successful eating hundreds of grams of carbs a day, as well as eating fewer grams per day.
According to the Dietary Reference Intakes published by the USDA, 45% – 65% of calories should come from carbohydrate. (Carbohydrate provides 4 calories per gram.)
Why do we need this amount of carbohydrate?
Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel and easily used by the body for energy. They can be stored in the muscles and liver to be used later for energy. All of the tissues and cells in our body can use glucose for energy.
Carbohydrates are needed for the central nervous system, the kidneys, the brain, the muscles (including the heart) to function properly.
Carbohydrates are important in intestinal health and waste elimination.
Which foods are carbohydrates?
They are mainly found in starchy foods like grain and potatoes, as well as fruits, milk, and yogurt. Other foods like vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and cottage cheese contain carbohydrates, but in lesser amounts.
I will be talking in more details about fiber and “good” carbs vs “bad” carbs in another Ditch the Diet post.
Keep in mind that losing weight and being healthy are so much more than just choosing a “diet plan” and following it.
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