Carbohydrates have a reputation that is worse than they deserve, especially from a weight loss perspective.
Many diets advocate avoiding carbohydrates as much as possible for successful weight loss but this is wrong as there are both good and bad carbohydrates, and a healthy intake of carbohydrates is the best way for the body to get energy.
The body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, or blood sugar, which is our main source of energy for both body and mind.
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients we need to survive, the other two being fat and protein.
The number of carbohydrates in your diet or meal is not as important as its type.
For example, carbohydrates from fruit, nuts, whole grains, seeds and quinoa are much better than light bread, chips, pasta and snacks.
Unhealthy carbohydrates are those often found in processed and refined foods, these carbohydrates are quickly digested which leads to fluctuating blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of heart disease and weight gain.