Why You Should Love Carbs For a Flat Tummy

Why You Should Love Carbs

Carbs are one of the most misunderstood nutrients.

Everywhere I look there is low carb everything……

People who’s food is completely out of control tell me proudly that they dont eat carbs after 4:00pm!

The humble potato is so maligned it is getting a complex.

To get a flat tummy you need to have a healthy relationship with carbs.

You need to understand carbs…

Missurnderstood

Carbs are fuel for the body.

Eat too few carbs and you will be short on energy, focus and enthusiasm for life. Kind of like a heavy brain fog…

Eat the wrong kind of carbs and your energy levels spike and crash and your body coverts them straight into fat.

All Carbs are not created equal.

There are four different kinds of carbohydrates, all with a different level of quality:

Complex Fibrous Carbs
Vegetables – low in calories, high in nutrients and fibre are the best source of carbs.

Complex Fibrous Carbs are high in nutrients and fibre and very low in calories.

Hint: It is near impossible to eat too many vegetables.

Flat Tummy Carbs

To gain fat eating vegetables alone you would need to eat

  • 45 cups of green beens
    or
  • 30 cups of broccoli
    or
  • 400 cups of lettuce

Complex Starchy Carbs
Starchy carbohydrates are found in potatos, whole grains, bread, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, oats, whole wheat and lentils.

The carbs take the body longer to digest and provide sustained energy throught the day.

Hint: These carbs are quite calorie intense so aim for smaller serving sizes.

Simple Carbs
The most common simple carbs are digested quickly by your body and enter the blood stream.

Simple carbs cause a spike in energy (followed by a dip) and your body will readily convert them into fat.

Refined Starchy Carbs
The more a carbohydrate has been processed the more it is digested by the body in the same way as a simple carbohydrate.

Refined Carbs include white rice and white pasta, breads, pasta, bagels and processed cereals.

Highly refined carbs are lower in nutrients and fibre and are high in calories.

It is very easy to overeat refined carbs because they are so calorie dense.

Warning: Your body metabolises refined carbs just like it metabolises sugar.


The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Carbs

The Great: Vegetables
Broccoli
Salad Greens
Green Beans
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Asparagus
Green beans
Squash
Cucumber
Spinach
Eat as many of these carbs as you can.

The Good: Starchy Carbs
Potato
Sweet Potato
Lentils/Legumes
Oats
Brown Rice
Other Whole Grains
Eat a few small serves of these every day.

The Good: Fruit
Strawberries 100g
Blueberries 100g
Raspberries 100g
Melon 100g
Apple
Orange
Pear
Mango
Kiwi fruit x2
Fruits are simple carbs but come in a wrapper of nutrients and fibre.
Aim for 2-4 servings of fruit per day.

The Bad
Any carb that has been refined.
White Flour
White Rice
Avoid Eating These as much as possible.

The Ugly
Refined Sugar
Your body (and your tummy) will thank you for eliminating sugar.

 

What about carbs after 4:00pm?
Your overall intake of food, not how many carbs you have after 4:00pm, make the difference in getting a flat tummy. You could easily eat the wrong foods all day, cut carbs after 4:00pm and never get a flat tummy.

So if you want some potato with dinner or if you want to have some fruit after dinner go for it!

> Aim for close to 50% of your daily calorie intake to come from Good Carbohydrates.

You will have the energy to power through life and your workouts.

Your body will be in a state where it is burning fat to reveal a perfect flat tummy or six pack.