Incorporating carbohydrates into a healthy diet


WHEN DIETING AND EXCERSIZING YOU MAY CHOOSE CERTAIN FOODS TO EAT IN VARIATION.. OR NOT EAT AT ALL. BUT IUT TURNS OUT THERE ARE SOME MYTHS ABOUT NUTRITION THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW. ONE COMMON VICTIM OF THESE ASSUMPTIONS IS THE CARBOHYDRATE.HERE TO TALK ABOUT THIS IS HEAD TRAINER DEREK MARSETTE.. GOOD MORNING…THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “BAD FOOD”, THERE IS JUST BAD TIMING AND LESS APPROPRIATE FOOD FOR YOUR GIVEN SITUATION.SURE, YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T EAT A TRAY FULL OF BROWNIES, BUT FOOD ISN’T INHERENTLY POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE – EVERYTHING HAS ITS PLACE (AND TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING IS BAD). SO CALLED “EXPERTS” FREQUENTLY MAKE BLANKET ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD OR SHOULDN’T PUT IN OUR BODIES. BUT THIS ONLY SKEWS PUBLIC PERCEPTION TOWARD BELIEVING IN QUICK FIXES OR FADS THAT DON’T REALLY CONSIDER THE SPECIFIC GOALS OR BODY TYPES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL. ONE COMMON VICTIM OF THESE ASSUMPTIONS IS THE CARBOHYDRATE. DURING MY NUTRITIONAL CONSULTING SESSIONS, I OFTEN HEAR THE BELIEF THAT CARBS ARE BAD. “IF ONLY I ATE LESS CARBS, I’D BE CLOSER TO LOSING X POUNDS.” I DON’T BLAME PEOPLE FOR THIS MISUNDERSTANDING. IT IS SUCH A COMMON NARRATIVE IN THE FITNESS/NUTRITION INDUSTRY THAT IT’S ONLY NATURAL THAT THE FAD WOULD START TO STICK. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LONG-TERM HEALTH, QUICK FIXES AREN’T THE ANSWER. MANY FADS, LIKE THAT CARBOHYDRATES ARE BAD, ARE OFTEN BASED ON THE RESULTS OF RESEARCH CONDUCTED ON ONE TYPE OF PERSON IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT. OR THE RESEARCH IS SOUND, BUT THE CONCLUSION IS EXAGGERATED BY THIRD-PARTIES TO MAKE A POINT THAT THE STUDY ITSELF ACTUALLY DOESN’T PROVE OR ASSERT. CARBOHYDRATES ARE IN FACT A CRUCIAL PART OF YOUR DIET AS THEY ARE THE BODY’S MOST EFFICIENTLY UTILIZED ENERGY SOURCE. CARBOHYDRATES BREAK DOWN TO BECOME SUGAR IN THE BODY (MOSTLY GLUCOSE). THIS GLUCOSE IS SOMETHING THAT IS EITHER STORED IN YOUR MUSCLES OR LIVER. IT IS UTILIZED TO CREATE A COMPOUND CALLED ATP (ADENOSINE TRI-PHOSPHATE). THIS MOLECULE IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF OUR “ENERGY”. EATING CARBS IS THE EASIEST AND MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO CREATE ATP. YOU CAN GO WITHOUT CARBOHYDRATES AND BE FINE. YOUR BODY WILL ULTIMATELY CREATE WHAT IT NEEDS FROM PROTEINS AND FATS, HOWEVER THIS IS NOT EFFICIENT FOR YOUR BODY. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT MAY FOR WHATEVER REASON NEED TO GO “CARBLESS” (SHEDS ONE LONELY TEAR). HOWEVER, IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO CUT THEM OUT, I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT. CUTTING OUT CARBS WILL ONLY DEPRIVE YOUR BODY OF A VALUABLE ENERGY SOURCE THAT IT NEEDS TO FUNCTION AT ITS BEST. TO CHOOSE THE BEST SOURCE AND QUANTITY OF CARBOHYDRATES FOR YOUR FITNESS GOALS, CONSULT THE GLYCEMIC INDEX. CARBOHYDRATES ARE NOT BAD FOR YOU, THEY ARE OUR PRIMARY SOURCE OF ENERGY FOR MORE INFORMATION – YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO OUR WEBSITE.. WTNH DOT COM… GO TO THE ON-AIR TAB AND PULL DOWN TO THE GOOD MORNING CONNECTICUT

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