By Brett Franciosi

Carbs are NOT bad!

Yes! You heard me, carbohydrates are not bad. So much has been discussed in regards to nutrition labeling carbohydrates as a potentially “bad” food. Well, I am here to discuss why that is inaccurate as well as why they are critical to the accomplishment of your goals, even weight loss.

What are carbs?

Carbs are a macronutrient and fundamentally what they provide the body with is energy. Just like the other two macronutrients (fat & protein), carbs are the fuel our body utilizes to do anything from resistance training to walking. But before we dive into how our body utilizes them we must understand how they function inside our body. Carbohydrates enter the body and our body converts them into glucose. Glucose is also known as sugar. Then our body either uses that sugar to fuel itself or it stores the excess glucose in small chambers inside our muscle fibers or liver as glycogen. This glycogen remains in our muscle fibers until we perform any sort of activity that creates muscular contractions and forces the body to call on this stored glycogen for energy. When we have excess glucose or don’t deplete our muscle glycogen that is when the excess glucose is stored as fat. So as long as we eat quality carbohydrates and deplete our muscle glycogen then there will be little to no chance of our body turning carbs into excess body fat.

So now what?

My challenge to you is to not be afraid of carbs but instead look for the best possible carbohydrates. So I never want to label a food as good or bad so I encourage you to look for nutrient dense carbohydrates. Nutrient dense carbohydrates are food items that are high in carbs but also contain other macronutrients. A great example of a nutrient dense carbohydrate is quinoa. In 1 cup of quinoa there are 39g of carbohydrates but there are also 8g of protein and 6g of fat. Quinoa provides your body with a good amount of all three macronutrients for your body.

Some additional examples are: Oats, Buckwheat, Bananas & Sweet Potatoes

As always if there are any questions you have for me or if you would like more information on this topic please email me at bfranfitness@gmail.com

Brett is a certified personal trainer and certified vegan nutrition coach based out of Central Massachusetts. As a vegan athlete and fitness professional, Brett emphasizes the importance of a well rounded vegan diet and contributes most of his and his clients success to that approach. If you or someone you know is struggling with a vegan diet or are interested in transitioning to a vegan diet please contact him at bfranfitness@gmail.com.