Weight Loss Effects of Simple and Complex Carbohydrates

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Carbohydrates get a bad rap when it comes to weight loss - and with good reason, depending upon which carbs you're talking about. That's because the two different primary types of carbs have very different effects on your body.

Carbohydrates are sugars that come in two main forms - simple and complex. They have different chemical structures and are digested by the body at different speeds, ultimately being converted intoenergy or fat.Simple carbohydrates are those found in carbonated drinks, processed foods and sauces, cakes and pastries, jellies and jams and candies. Theygive 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.

It's that speed at which the body breaks down carbs that makes the difference in weight loss.

Carbohydrates of both types can be stored only in limited quantities in the body. 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 complex carbs are recommended when you're looking to lose weight. 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 to be connected with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss counselor today.



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