Do Carbs Make Me Fat?
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Carbohydrates in the Daily Diet Related to Weight Gain
Defining Carbohydrates in the Diet
The only way that carbohydrates can create weight gain is when you consume more calories than your body uses for the day.
Let's say that you've consumed all the caloric - or energy needs required by your body for the day.
Suddenly, you decide to eat a bowl of pasta which contains a significant number of carbohydrates. One cup contains about 45 total carbohydrate grams.
Therefore, in this situation, yes - the pasta will be applied as fat, and stored inside of your fat cells - those little reservoirs of energy that you don't have an immediate need for which your body can pull energy from on those days when you don't consume sufficient calories to meet your energy needs.
We also need to make a health note about simple and complex carbohydrates. Foods associated with the simple carbohydrates typically include sugary treats such as pastries, cakes, cookies and pies.
These foods serve the purpose of providing quick energy to the body which is one of the cornerstones of carbohydrates but they are too fatty to serve as substantial nutritional sources for the body. In fact, they tend to do more harm than good by attacking our arteries and impacting our heart and circulatory system in negative ways.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the complex carbs. These tend to offer a healthy burst of nutritional values to the body via whole grain goodness. Foods sources for complex carbohydrates include oats, bran, whole grain bread and whole grain pasta.
Although carbohydrates are THE topic of the Diet Village these days, we recommend that you soak your sails in the complex carbs which take longer to digest and keep you feeling full, longer and leave those simple ones behind - in your former daily diet plan where they belong.
Feeding the Best Fuel to Our Body for Maximum Health Benefits
Yes - it's okay to enjoy an occasional pastry or cookie, but think of these foods as fuels (energy) for your body rather than focusing upon the delectable flavors and wonderful textures of the foods.
You wouldn't fill your car with camping or lantern fuel and expect it to go very far without the car choking-out or smoking. Such is the poorer food choices in our daily diet.
While a car will run - albeit lousy on lantern fuel for a spell, it runs best on premium gasoline. Just as the body will continue functioning when fed inferior food choices, the body much-prefers the wholesome foods that supply its energy needs best. That is when it runs the smoothest.
Fat Storage Within the Fat Cells, How Extra Energy is Stored a Spare Body Fuel
As far as fat goes, even the extra calories from a carrot that your body doesn't use (burn as energy), becomes stored in your fat cells. So whether it's fat from simple pasta, whole grain pasta or fat from carrots, stored fat is just that - stored fat.
Other examples of complex (unrefined) carbohydrate foods are cereals and vegetables that contain sugars, starch and cellulose, as well as vitamins and protein. About 50 - 60% of the daily diet should consist of complex carbohydrates for optimum health benefits.
A Variety of Healthy Foods for Energy Needs
The best combination of foods that we can input into our body reside within the official food pyramid. While the pyramid is certainly not a perfect pattern for optimum health - it is the best pattern that we currently have in today's modern world.
As the body is continued to be studied in our future, the pyramid will continue to be modified to reflect those findings. One day, we may even have the perfect combination of vitamins and nutrients which provide the key to a much longer, healthier life.
Until that time, as to your carbohydrate intake - make the foods that you insert into your daily diet based on whole grain choices. Limit or totally restrict simple carbohydrates and keep serving sizes as accurate as possible.
This is especially important in the area of carbohydrates as many are extremely high in caloric content. Wild rice, brown and white rice, pasta - including macaroni and spaghetti as well as couscous contain about 200 calories per cooked cup.
When that single cup turns into two, then three - then four - it's way too easy to exceed our caloric needs for the day, thus experiencing weight gain as the excess energy is stored in our fat cells.
While eating carbohydrates won't make the body fat - eating too many certainly can when caloric needs are exceeded.
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