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Carb Wars: They are NOT the enemy!


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CARB WARS 🥯🥖🍟🍔🥗🍎🍌🍠

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The key to living a flexible long term lifestyle is learning how to balance your nutrition! This is why learning how to plan your meals around macronutrient goals will serve you far better than just generically counting calories.

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While eating a snickers bar vs. an apple every day is not a preferred choice for improving your wellness, consuming some fruit juices and smoothies can be the same if not WORSE in terms of sugar content as eating a snickers!

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When people want to lose weight there are two common things they gravitate towards:

1. Cutting all carbs.

2. Heavy cardio workouts.

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Your body NEEDS carbohydrates to function optimally. There are two types: Simple & Complex.

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Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest and are a more stable source of energy than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are present in foods such as bread and pasta. Simple carbohydrates are in foods such as table sugar and syrups.


Complex carbohydrates contain longer chains of sugar molecules than simple carbohydrates. The body converts these sugar molecules into glucose, which it uses for energy. As complex carbohydrates have longer chains, they take longer to break down and provide more lasting energy in the body than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbs are also more abundant in fiber content than simple carbs, and this allows your blood sugar to rise and stay steadier for longer periods of time before “crashing”.

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Both types of carbohydrate are often present in many foods. In addition to providing energy via glucose, these foods have many other properties that are important for health.

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Complex carbohydrates are the preferred choice for a healthy body. Some examples are whole grains, beans, sweet potatoes & most fruit.

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Simple Carbs are short acting with an aggressive spike in your blood sugar often known as the sugar rush. What must go up must come down, and with simple carbs the down is just as fast as the up. This is called a “sugar crash”, causing you to feel tired, irritable and often times hungry and craving more carbs or sugary items.

Some examples of simple carbs are sugar, refined white flour items such as desserts and pastries, candy and soft drinks.

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An imbalanced consumption of either type of carb can cause weight gain on the scale mostly due to water retention and for most people even fat tissue accumulation at prolonged consumption intervals.

This is why when people who consume high amounts of carbs, especially the simple carbs in ratio comparison to their lean protein and healthy fats stop consuming high amounts of these items, they lose a dramatic amount of weight seemingly quickly.

Then they stall out.

Then they gain it back.

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The same thing is true about aggressive cardio. Cardio works the heart, makes you sweat and strips your body of water. This method is instantly gratifying to a lot of people in the way that immediately following a good cardio sesh they may look thinner and weigh less on the scale.

Don’t be fooled, friends! Using Heavy cardio workouts to “negate what you ate” is only a bandaid and it doesn’t serve you well long term.

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Carbs are not your enemy! They help regulate blood sugar, produce glycogen to keep your muscles & other organs healthy, and provide important trace minerals called micronutrients for your body.

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Remember that food is fuel for the body, so make sure that you are balancing the energy input(food, calorie and macro ratios) with the energy output( functional cardio & strength training exercise) to achieve and maintain a healthy body composition.

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. Nourish Well,

Coach Heather

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