Learn Why Low-Fat, Low-Carb Meals Makes Sense and Make Your Doctor Happy
By now you’re probably sick of hearing about carbs. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about carbohydrates, some worse than others, but the fact remains your body needs them… to an extent. The big problem with carbs? We all eat too many, and the carbs we get are often bad for us. In fact, for all the problems carbs cause, we wouldn’t be surprised if doctors and dieticians are holding grudges!
How often has your doctor or dietician told you that you need to watch the carbs you eat? Here are the top 6 reasons why your doctor hates carbs and some easy ways you can make them happy again!
1. Higher Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have shown that consuming a high amount of carbs as part of your diet causes blood sugar levels to skyrocket. If you’re having a big serving of white rice with every meal, then your body gets a big spike of blood sugar at least three times a day.
This spike in blood sugar means your body needs to suddenly produce a lot more insulin. Your pancreas is forced to work harder to meet this demand, and constant stress may eventually damage and impair it. This can lead to heart disease and diabetes, among other complications.
2. Processed Foods
The big problem is that we eat too many processed carbs and foods. Anything that might’ve been good in these foods often winds up coated in added sugar or heavily refined, frequently at the expense of essential nutrients. Always watch for added sugar, sodium content, and trans fats. Some processed foods (like frozen fruit, frozen veggies, and plain yogurt) can actually be part of a balanced meal if they’re prepared and served with the right stuff.
3. Portion Size
If you’re constantly eating a large portion of rice, potatoes, or pasta as part of a meal, it’s going to start adding up. Your blood sugar spikes when you pack on the carbs, so one of the best ways to prevent this is by reducing portion sizes. Try swapping riced cauliflower for your standard white rice—the dietary fiber in cauliflower will help you feel fuller, meaning you don’t need to heap on pounds of rice!
4. Complex or Simple Carbs
Not all carbs are equal. All carbs are sugars and deliver energy to your body, but come in a few key varieties.
Simple carbs are simple sugars, and your body digests them quickly. They provide a fast, sudden burst of energy, but it doesn’t last. Complex carbs, meanwhile, take longer to process. They’re like a slow-burn, steady release of energy you can count on. And some of the best sources of these carbs are, surprise, vegetables!
5. Eating the WRONG Carbs
Remember, it’s LOW-carb, not NO-carb. Stocking up on the right stuff will go a long way, and getting your carbs from veggies like broccoli or cauliflower is a great way to include good carbs. Plus, veggies and whole fruits offer great taste and a host of other nutritional goodness while you energize.
6. Bad Diets
Diets don’t have to be difficult, restrictive, or (worst of all) bad-tasting. Remember, you need some lean fats, good carbs in moderation, and protein. All these things have a place in healthy eating as part of a balanced meal.
Don’t focus on cutting foods out, focus on improving your meals! Use smaller portions, limit your carbs to suggested servings (or smaller), or try to make smart substitutions.
Keeping your carb intake low can be a challenge. After all, it’s easy to throw some peanut butter on toast in the mornings before work or to double a serving of rice when you’re hungry. Preparing low-carb meals takes a little bit of extra thought, but it’s worth it in the long run. Still, need a reason to watch your carbs? It’ll put a smile on your doctor’s face!