Carbohydrates have been largely demonised in the world of weight loss.
Many people try out low carb diets in a bid to shed the pounds.
But one nutritionist thinks carbs have an unfair reputation, insisting that we should eat more of them to achieve weight loss.
Australian nutritionist and dietitian Susie Burrell says carbs are an essential part of our diets.
Not eating enough of the food group, says Burrell, could actually be hampering your weight loss efforts.
She told Body and Soul: “An inability to lose weight, despite eating a low carb diet is a clear sign that your total carbohydrate intake is too low, especially if you exercise regularly.”
“As a general rule of thumb, intakes of less than 80-100 grams of carbohydrates each day, for someone exercising regularly is too low and as such may be the reason you are not getting the shifts on the scales you are hoping for.”
Burrell advises eating 20-30 grams of carbs within an hour of a high intensity workout in order to properly fuel your muscles.
This is because your body needs glucose to burn fat when you exercise.
If you restrict carbs too heavily, you also risk slowing down your basal metabolic rate.
This in turn spikes your cravings for sugary foods which can lead to bingeing.
Burrell said: “Over time these cravings may relieve but you may also find you no longer feel hungry at all, as your metabolic rate slows to manage the lack of carbohydrate.”
Another unpleasant side effect of a low carb diet is bad breath, which occurs when the body goes into the state of ketosis.
Burrell explained: “[This] is the body’s way of surviving when carbs are low by converting fat stores into a fuel that can be burnt.
“Someone in ketosis has a very specific smell and may have terrible breath.”
Despite encouraging carb intake, the nutritionist warned against stuffing your face with pizza, white bread and pasta.
The dietician insists it’s the good sources of carbs we should be eating.
Plant based foods like rice cereal, fruit and starchy vegetables are the best for releasing glucose into the blood stream, according to Burrell.
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