In short? HELL NO.
The longer version is that carbs are our bodies primary source of fuel. After carbs are consumed they are broken down and absorbed as sugar to fill our energy stores.
Pretty cool, huh?
The thing to remember is that not all carbs are created equal.
SMART CARBS, like whole grain bread, rice, quinoa, potatoes, beans, lentils, oats, fruit, etc. are digested and absorbed slower, while SIMPLE CARBS, like candy, cookies, crackers, chips, pretzels, popcorn, treats and sweets are digested and absorbed very quickly.
While different bodies do have different carbohydrate thresholds, the biggest variable when it comes to whether someone is/isn’t reaching her weight loss goal is the type of carbohydrates they consume: SMART or SIMPLE.
Eat mostly SIMPLE carbs and over time you’ll notice that your triglycerides increase, your LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad guy) increases, you’ll experience insulin resistance and you’ll have a hard time achieving the body composition you desire (not to mention you’ll likely end up eating more calories than you need = weight gain).
Eat mostly SMART carbs and over time you’ll notice that your triglycerides decrease while your vitamin, mineral, and fiber consumption increase, you’ll have better blood sugar control, and will have a much easier time achieving the body composition you desire.
So, no, carbohydrates are not “bad”.
And a diet with a robust amount of SMART carbohydrates will not make you fat. Copious amounts of cookies and cupcakes on the other hand….
Eat (mostly SMART) carbs.
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