What is a carbohydrate?
Technically, a carb is a sugar molecule made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
Are carbohydrates good or bad?
Carbs are good. It all depends on the food source your getting them from. Fruits are infinitely better than chocolate bars and candys.
What is the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates digest at different rates depending on their type. The simpler the carbohydrate the faster it will be processed by your body which creates a spike in blood sugar levels. Complex carbohydrates have more sugar molecules, which takes your body longer to break down leading to an even blood sugar level.
Should I be eating carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are the simplest energy source for your body to run on. How much you should be eating depends on your training frequency and intensity. If you are more active you will want to consume a higher amount of carbohydrates to provide your body with sufficient energy. Carbs will not make you fat if you eat the right types in appropriate amounts. Simple carbohydrates offer a lot of calories without many nutrients which can lead to fat gain and serious health issues in the long term.
What carbohydrates should I eat then?
Vegetables are your best choice. Vegetables provide your body with healthy carbohydrates and a large amount of nutrients to sustain and maintain blood sugar levels. Complex carbohydrates like potatoes and rice can provide you with more energy if you are training frequently. You should stay away from wheat as much as possible to avoid belly fat storage.