Do You Know the Difference Between Simple and Complex Carbohydrates?

Complex vs Simple Carbs

Carbohydrates get a bad rap when it comes to weight loss, but it's import ant to understand thatnot all carbs are created equal. There are two different primary types of carbs and each has very different potential effects on your body.

Carbohydrates are sugars that come in simple or complex forms. They have different chemical structures and are digested by the body at different speeds, ultimately being converted intoeither energy or fat. Simple carbohydrates are found in carbonated drinks, processed foods and sauces, cakes and pastries, jellies and jams and candies and are key in giving these foods and drinks their sweet taste. Complex carbs are found in certain fruits and vegetables, nuts, oats, wholegrain cereals and breads and wholemeal pastas.

The speed at which the body breaks down carbs ultimately is what makes the difference in weight loss.

Carbohydrates of both types can be stored in the body in limited quantities. If they're not quickly used for energy via exercise or other physical activity, they're broken down and converted into fat. Simple carbs break down quickly, whereas complex carbs break down more slowly. The faster carbs break down, the quicker you'll gain weight. That's why weight loss experts recommended complex carbs. They help you to feel fuller longer and allow you a bit more time to hit the gym and burn off some energy before those carbs become fat. Of course, it's up to you to get moving and burn off those carbs and calories.

For more guidance on making healthy, weight loss-friendly nutritional choices and developing an active, healthy lifestyle, call800-51-8090 and ask to be connected with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss counselor.





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