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“Good Carbs” vs “Bad Carbs”

I used to completely avoid “bad carbs” because I heard they digested quickly and turned into fat.

I don’t think I’m the only one who has heard that.

Good Vs Bad Carbs

If your ultimate goal is weight loss, calories are king. And from a caloric & macronutrient standpoint, it truly doesn’t matter which you choose. These are all virtually the same.

The “good” carbs, also known as complex carbs, are generally considered healthy because they contain slightly more fiber and more micronutrients.

The “bad” carbs, or simple carbs, get a bad rap because they’re digested faster and cause a quick rise in your blood sugar. But assuming you are not diabetic, that is not something you need to be concerned with.

At the end of the day, it should just come down to preference. Are whole, unprocessed carbs a smart choice? Of course. But that doesn’t make other kinds of carbs off limits.

I love white rice and I’ll choose it over brown rice every day. It’s significantly better. Some people will say you shouldn’t consume white bread because it’s highly processed (that’s how they get it white after all), or that whole wheat pasta is more filling than regular pasta. But these are simply a matter of preference, and they don’t apply to everyone.

If your goal is weight loss, you can eat white bread or pasta and still accomplish that. There is no magic to complex carbs that will prevent you from gaining weight- if you eat too much of them, you’ll still gain weight.

Here’s what matters: choosing food you actually like, and controlling how much of it you eat.

Carbs are our friend. Without carbs, we wouldn’t have pizza, and that just sounds like a horrible nightmare.

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