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"Should I cut out the carbs?"

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Let me explain why...


 

Have you ever noticed if you've had minimal carbs, how tired, cranky and how "can't be arsed" you feel? Well read below and I'll explain how wonderful and important carbs actually are....


Carbs (carbohydrates) are vital in supporting our bodies. They are part of your Macros (macronutrients)


Carbohydrates are the body's main fuel source. During digestion, sugars and starches are broken down into simple sugars. They're then absorbed into the bloodstream, where they're known as blood sugar (blood glucose). From there, glucose enters the body's cells with the help of insulin.


Carbohydrates have multiple key functions in your body.


They provide you with energy for daily tasks and are the primary fuel source for your brain’s high energy demands. Yes, our brains need it 🧠


Fiber is a special type of carb that helps promote good digestive health and may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.


• Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose which is used to fuel our bodies.


• Foods that contain carbohydrates are an important part of our diets and can be included in as part of a healthy balanced diet.


• Choose the correct portion to suit your own needs. We can help you work out the correct quantity for you and your goals. Remember, it's not a one size fits all, and everyone is different.


• Be aware that foods high in ‘free sugars’ often provide lots of energy with very little nutritional value so these should be consumed in moderation. 

 


Now for the science part -

What are macronutrients (macros)?


Carbohydrates, fat and protein are called macronutrients (Macros) They are the nutrients you use in the largest amounts. “Macronutrients are the nutritive components of food that your body needs for energy and to maintain the body's structure and systems,


** In order to successfully count macronutrients, it’s important to know what they are and why some people need different macro ratios than others. If you're unsure of how many you should be having, or don't know how to work them out, ask one of us and we will do it for you 💪🏽


Breakdown of the Macros;


Carbohydrates-


Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and fibers.


Most types of carbs get broken down into glucose, or sugar, which your body either uses for immediate energy or stores as glycogen — the storage form of glucose — in your liver and muscles.


Carbs provide 4 calories per gram (g) and typically make up the largest portion of people’s calorie intake.


Carb intake is among the most debated of all macro recommendations, but it is suggested consuming 45%–65% of your daily calories from carbs.


Carbohydrates are found in foods like grains, vegetables, beans, dairy products, and fruits.


Fats-


Fats have the most calories of all Macros, providing 9 calories per g.


Your body needs fat for energy and critical functions, such as hormone production, nutrient absorption, and body temperature maintenance.


Though typical macro recommendations for fats range from 20%–35% of total calories.


Fats are found in foods like oils, butter, avocado, nuts, seeds, meat, and fatty fish.


Proteins-


Like carbs, proteins provide 4 calories per g.


Proteins are vital for processes like cell signaling, immune function, and the building of tissues (growing those muscles) hormones, and enzymes


It’s recommended that proteins comprise 10%–35% of your total calorie intake.


However, protein recommendations vary depending on body composition goals, age, health, and more.


Examples of protein-rich foods include meat, eggs, poultry, fish, tofu, and lentils.


 

So, basically long story short, EAT THE CARBS!! They fuel your body through the day to day, and your training sessions! Hit all your macros targets and you're on for a win! Don't be scared to eat the carbs, I've just proven above they're good for you, within reason of course 🥳


 

As always, we are here to help and support the through your fitness journey


Coach Danni 🩷

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