Weight Loss Challenge Week 5: Carbohydrates

Do you consume primarily whole grains rather
than regular pasta, white rice, and white bread? Hi, I’m Luigi Gratton, Vice President
of Nutrition Education at Herbalife. If your answer to this week’s question is anything
but yes, you need today’s lesson. Our focus is on carbohydrates which as we all know is
a confusing and debated topic. Some experts says that they are good for you while others
maintain that their bad for you. The truth is that there are good carbohydrates and there
are bad carbohydrates. Good carbs will fuel the body for staying active and will promote
healthy organ while bad carbs or the empty carbs can interfere with weight loss and can
lead to heart disease or even diabetes. In order to better understand which carbs are
good for us, we can divide them into 3 groups, starches or complex carbohydrates, sugars
or simple carbohydrates, and fiber. Now starches or complex carbohydrates are mainly found
in fruits and vegetables and whole grain foods. These are the kind of carbs you’ll want
to eat and they’re gonna sustain you for a longer periods of time. Brown rice and whole
wheat bread contain the carbs that we need while white rice and white bread contain simple
carbs also known as sugars, these bad carbs can also be found in candy, sodas, and other
refined processed foods. You see the simple carbs can cause an immediate surge in blood
sugar levels which releases a hormone called insulin. The insulin then removes sugar from
the blood and puts it into storage primarily in fat tissue. The result is a decreased level
of blood sugar and a thirst for more carbs. Finally fibers can contribute to total carbohydrate
count, these however are another example of good carbohydrates. Try to consume foods that
contain 3 grams of fiber or more. It can be good idea for some people to eat smaller protein
balanced meals every 2-3 hours ensured that you don’t crave simple carbohydrates. Now
finding protein balanced snacks and meal replacements can be an effort which is why we at Herbalife
have made it our mission to find them for you. Herbalife’s protein bar deluxe available
in Chocolate Peanut, Vanilla Almond, and Citrus Lemon can help you stay fueled and on track
and most importantly enjoying a Formula 1 Nutritional Shake for breakfast supplies your
body with all vital nutrients and energy for your day. For more information about how Herbalife
products can support you carbohydrate consumption, you can speak to your wellness coach. This
concludes this week’s topic of discussion. I’m Luigi Gratton reminding you to make
good choices when planning your meals.

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