The keys to good nutrition are balance, variety and moderation. To stay healthy, your body needs the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein –the three main components of nutrition.
You also need vitamins, minerals and other substances from many different foods, and while some foods are better than others, no single food or food group has it all–so eating a variety of different foods is essential.
Moderation means eating neither too much nor too little of any food or nutrient. Too much food can result in excess weight and even too much of certain nutrients, while eating too little can lead to numerous nutrient deficiencies and low body mass.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are the body’s main fuel source. However, if carbohydrate intake is greater than the body’s energy requirement, carbohydrates are easily stored as fat.
Carbohydrates are the body’s main fuel source
After initial digestion, the body breaks down these hydrocarbons into their component sugars, which in turn are used by the cells to create energy. This energy, stored as Adenosine Tri-Phosphate, is then used to power bodily functions. However, if carbohydrate intake is greater than the body’s energy requirement, carbohydrates are easily stored as fat.
There are two classes of carbohydrates simple and complex at Fitness Results we added a third group to make it easier Fibrous carbohydrates we put vegetables in this group especially green, leafy vegetables the reason is we have never had a client have a problem from eating to many vegetables the other carbohydrates also have fiber but can tend to be more difficult to portion control. Filling up on fibrous carbohydrates is preferable to other carbohydrates, as the fiber in them is indigestible. You still get all the vitamins and minerals, but you get fewer calories. .
Complex carbohydrates are the breads, potatoes, and pastas. Carbohydrate-sensitive people (described below) need to be extremely careful of these, but everyone should be aware of their Complex carbohydrates intake. These are a good source of energy, but also easy for the body to store as fat.
Simple carbohydrates are sugars and other carbohydrates that are used by the body for a quick and fleeting boost of energy. Aside from man-made sweeteners and sugars, fruits fall into this category. While fruits are necessary in moderation, additional sweeteners are by no means required for a healthy diet and should be avoided whenever possible.
Are You Carbohydrate-Sensitive?
Carbohydrate-sensitive people get a bigger insulin response from carbohydrates. When they eat carbohydrates, their insulin level rises, making them store more fat. It then drops, making them hungry. They get caught up in a cycle of over eating that’s hard to break. People who are carbohydrate-sensitive commonly exhibit hunger swings, headaches and irritability when they haven’t eaten. Also, there are sometimes no signs from the body telling these people to stop eating, which results in chronic overeating.
Everyone should be aware of the food that they eat, but people who are no carbohydrate-sensitive tend not to have as much of a problem. As a rule, carbohydrates should be eaten in the ratio of about one to two times the amount of protein consumed.