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We are all Carbaholics

why we need carbohydrates

We are all Carbaholic.

A balanced diet consists of all the essential elements that are absolutely important to stay healthy. Like proteins and vitamins, carbohydrates are the macronutrients that should be included in your daily diet without a second thought. Carbohydrates are the primary energy-givers. Although proteins and fats supply energy to the body they are helpful in the long run.

Why we need carbohydrates?

The body uses carbohydrates as its immediate source of energy and so taking carbs is not banned for any reasons. In other words the body is carbaholic and that is because carbohydrates are faster to break down and easier to use that supply maximum energy to maintain an active lifestyle. There are two types of carbohydrates namely the simple and the complex. The simple ones are used up very fast and therefore the complex carbohydrates are considered to be more efficient. The complex carbs break down at a lower pace and hence supplies a more constant supply of energy to the bloodstream.

Bodies require a specific amount of calories to function properly and help the body to fight diseases. About 50% to 60% of the calories are to be derived from the carbs that you take. Fats that are unhealthy fill up deficiency of carbohydrates when your body is lacking in the right sources of energy nutrients. Hence it is very important to know about the best suppliers of carbohydrates that should fill up your daily diet.

Sources of carbohydrates

The best sources of carbohydrates that are considered as good carbs are whole grains, whole-wheat breads, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, beans, lentils, dried peas, cereals that have 100% brans, different kinds of fruits and vegetables. But it is necessary to count your carbohydrate calories. When you have baked potatoes or white rice, lower the intake of other carbs to maintain the balance. Excess carbohydrates especially the complex carbs that are not required by the body are stored as fat and that leads to overweight.

Why do you need only good carbs?

Carbohydrates are available in a variety of foods like whole grains, vegetables, fruits and also in sodas, candies and those that have added sugars. Now you must know which are the good carbs that are really good for your health. According to nutritionists good carbs are unprocessed and are in their natural states. They have more fibers and complex carbs that gradually break down into glucose for better absorption by the blood.

If you want to stay slim, increase your energy level naturally and enjoy a healthy life for many years you have to choose the good carbs that are not altered by machine or man like the greens and fibers.

Who Are Carboholics

Who are carboholics

Who are Carboholics?  That is a great question.

Here are a few examples: The mid twenties athlete with a great 6 pack.  He works out about 5 days a week and eats like a bird.

The middle aged man, who doesn’t watch his weight and loves fast food, and exercises his fingers on the channel changer.

The elderly folks, who are just taking it easy, and eating steak and mashed potatoes loaded w/gravy and a lot of salt. And then, there is me, who has eaten at every fast food joint in the country and loved every bit of it.

The truth is: We are all Carboholics.  We need carbohydrates to survive.  They are building blocks to good health.  Trouble is that we add all the wrong  things to them.  You know what I’m talking about.  We load them up with butter, salt, sugar, sour cream and dozens of other things.  That’s what plays havoc with our health and waistline. Let’s have some fun and change the way we eat our carbs.  We will substitute good carbs for bad carbs.  A couple of things will happen.  First, you will start to feel amazing and secondly  you will change a couple of holes in you belt.

Please remember Carbaholics Anonymous is trying to get to everyone’s emails in a timely manner.  We still want to encourage everyone to still email us with questions.  Carbaholics Anonymous wants to fight obesity, and fight diabetes.  One person who we look up to is Brett Michael.  Brett Michael is not only fighting his own battle, but his childs battle too.  So please tell your friends and family about our site.  God Bless.

How Many Grams Of Carbs In A Day Should I Eat Everyday?

how much carbs should you eat everyday
One of the most common questions Carbaholics Anonymous gets asked is how many grams of carbs in a day is necessary for healthy living.

Not surprising , because carbs are pretty much always the nutrient that people are most often confused by these days.  All of this talk about good carbs and bad carbs, simple and complex, the glycemic index and the various low carb diets and low carb foods is enough to drive a person crazy.

Let’s figure out exactly how many grams of carbs you should eat per day to lose weight or build muscle, and cover what types of food sources they should come from.

How Many Carbs Per Day?

Let’s start with the biggest question first… how many grams of carbs should you actually eat per day? Answering this question is actually easy once you understand a few simple facts about how the rest of your diet should ideally be set up.

What I mean is, before we can figure out your daily carb intake, we need to take 3 other steps first. Let me show you what I mean…

Step 1: Figure Out Calories

Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or do anything similar, every diet plan starts with calories. They are always the #1 key to making your body do what you want it to do, so they are always the first thing that needs to be figured out.  Go to   www.calculator.net    and calculate the amount of calories needed to maintain or lose weight.

Step 2: Figure Out Protein

Once your calorie intake is all figured out, you then need to figure out how many grams of protein you should eat per day.  Because protein is the next most important part of every diet plan.

To save you the time, 0.8-1.2 grams of protein per pound of body weight is usually the ideal range for most people.

Step 3: Figure Out Fat

With calories and protein set, we’re still not ready for carbs just yet.  Fat is actually the next most important part of your diet. To save you the time, usually about 25% of your total calorie intake should come from fat in most cases.

Step 4: And Now We Can Figure Out Carbs

With all of that out of the way, we’re finally up to the least important part of our diet… carbs. Surprised how unimportant they are? Don’t be. Calories are the key to controlling our weight, and protein and fat are the only macronutrients that are truly essential to the human body. Carbs on the other hand are not. We should definitely eat a sufficient amount of them each day, but they are no where near as important as calories, protein or fat.

So, how many grams of carbs should you eat per day? Simple. Carbs should be used to fill in whatever amount of calories are still left over after protein and fat have been factored into your diet.

Let me show you an example…

  1. Let’s pretend you calculated that you need to eat 2000 calories per day to lose weight or build muscle or whatever your goal is.
  2. Next let’s pretend you figured out that you need to eat 150 grams of protein per day. Since 1 gram of protein contains 4 calories, that means 600 of this example person’s daily calories will come from protein.
  3. Next, since 25% of your calories should come from fat, this example person can calculate that 500 of their 2000 daily calories will come from fat.
  4. So that’s 600 from protein plus 500 from fat which gives this person 1100 calories accounted for so far. Now they’d just subtract 1100 from their 2000 total and get 900 calories. Since 1 gram of carbs contains 4 calories, this example person can see that they should eat 225 grams of carbs per day.

And that’s why the 3 other steps needed to come before carbs. We needed to figure out calories, protein and fat in order to figure out how many carbs we should eat per day.

Once again keep in mind that the amounts used in the example above were just made up examples. You’d obviously need to use the amounts that are specific to you.

What Sources Of Carbs Should I Eat?

Now that you know how many grams of carbs you should eat per day, you also probably want to know which foods you should get these carbs from.

For the most part, people trying to lose weight, build muscle or just be healthy should get the majority of their daily carb intake from higher quality nutrient-dense sources as opposed to simple, high glycemic, processed crap. Some ideal examples include…

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Beans
  • Brown Rice
  • Oats
  • Potatoes (sweet, white, etc.)
  • Various Whole Grains & Whole Grain Products

Foods high in sugar (candy, cookies, cereals, soda, etc.) should be avoided most of the time, and typical refined sources of carbs like white bread, white rice and white pasta should usually be limited to some extent in favor of the foods on the list above.

Now, the reason for avoiding or limiting these types of carbs is NOT because they make you fat. That’s a myth. The type of food you eat is NEVER what makes you fat. Eating too many total calories is the only thing that does that. It doesn’t matter where those calories come from (protein, fat, carbs) or how  healthy or unhealthy (or “good” or “bad”) they are. Too much of anything will cause fat to be gained just the same.

Instead, the reason for avoiding/limiting these types of carbs is mostly for the purpose of controlling hunger and choosing better sources that are higher in various important nutrients, which is crucial for overall health.

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