There are a lot of different diets out there in the health and fitness market. A lot of these diets dramatically decrease carbohydrates for weight loss. However it is important to know that carbohydrates are necessary and should be a regular part of your diet, but balanced with the right source of carbs. Carbohydrates give us the energy we need and without them, you will get tired quicker during workouts and may even feel tired during the day before or after workouts. Here are some good reasons that you should not get rid of carbs in your healthy diet. Many low carb diets will leave you feeling tired, fatigued, or exhausted. A good balance of good carbohydrates should be included in any healthy diet.

Eating Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

Before you start thinking it is ok to start eating just any carbs, you should know that there are good carbs and bad carbs. Things like french fries, white bread, white rice, cake, cookies, or muffins are all bad carbs and you should not eat them when trying to lose weight, build lead muscle, and be healthier. Instead you should replace these with good carbs. Examples of good carbohydrates are vegetables without starch, (potato is an example of a starchy vegetable) beans, whole grains like buckwheat or quinoa, oatmeal, and wild rice. These foods are not only healthy carbs, but eating them can make you feel fuller and because you will not be hungry and will want to eat less, you will lose more weight. So adding vegetables or fruit to any of these is a great choice for something that will fill you up. Good carbohydrates have vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Why Our Bodies Need Carbs

Carbohydrates are a major food group and eliminating them from your diet is not a good plan and here are the reasons why. If you get rid of all carbohydrates from your diet, then your body is going to start to crave these things and you will likely eat twice as much more when you do get around to eating carbs. Carbs are important for your metabolism because they help regulate blood sugar. When you eat carbs and blood glucose levels become higher than normal in your body, your body creates insulin. Insulin works transferring glycogen (which is excess blood glucose) and storing it in the liver or the muscles as it is needed. Your muscles and your liver have a limited storage so what cannot be stored there, it stored as fat cells and as we know, there is an unlimited storage capacity there. Good carbohydrates also fight disease. Eating just three servings of whole grain a day can help you prevent type 2 diabetes. Eating -2.3 servings of oatmeal was shown to reduce cholesterol levels in some by as much as 23%. If it is good for your heart, then it’s good for the rest of your body.