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Importance of Carbohydrates

Importance of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates or carbs for short are often considered as the criminals of diet. Whoever is on a diet or wants to lose weight, tends to avoid carbs as a principle.

The reason for this is that they are major calorie and energy contributors. But alongside with calories, benefits of carbohydrates are also avoided when they are not included in the diet at all. Being the macronutrient, it is very important for an individual’s day to day sustenance. Secondly, it acts as the major energy provider. Here’s a brief note of the important characteristics of carbohydrates which will give you a deeper insight of this nutrient,

  1. One gram of carb provides 4 calories. This is where many assume that eating carb is only adding more calories to their diet. But what we don’t realize is that the calories obtained from each nutrient perform in a different way. Calories from carbs give us energy, whereas calories from protein will help us build and repair muscle. So, avoiding carbs will devoid your body of energy and instead lead to muscle loss.
  2. Energy: There are different types of carbs and each of them will give you carbs at a different pace and amounts. Simple carbohydrates burn quickly and produce instant energy, whereas complex carbohydrates take time to digest. Irrespective of which type of carbohydrate it is, they are still banks of energy.
  3. Helps better absorption of protein: If there are enough amounts of carbohydrates consumed, then the energy is directly yielded from carbs and the proteins are solely functioned to aid the muscle growth, tissue repair, etc., Thus carbs help in the better utilization of protein.
  4. Aid in burning the excess fat: The excess calories get stored as fat deposits in your body. For this excess fat to get burned, energy is needed. And this energy is primarily obtained from carbohydrates.
    This implies that for weight loss and fat loss, carbs are very essential.

If you understand the importance and the functions of carbohydrates, then you automatically understand what happens if they are completely avoided in the diet. If you want to know more or have any doubts, write to our team of nutritionists at healthcoach@leanspoon.com

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