Jacqui Lewis - Jan 2021
Carbohydrates and Weight Loss
Though carbs are often blamed for weight gain, the right kind of carbs can actually help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.
This happens because many good carbohydrates, especially whole grains and vegetables with skin, contain fibre.
Dietary fibre helps you to feel full, and generally comes in relatively low-calorie foods. The plant sources of carbs bring an array of plant based nutrients, vitamins and minerals – processed carb have nothing to add in this category at all.
Not getting enough carbs can cause problems. Without sufficient fuel, the body gets no energy.
Additionally, without sufficient glucose, the central nervous system suffers, which may cause dizziness or mental and physical weakness.
This state can also lead to bingeing, or choosing ‘quick hit’ foods when the body is trying to make up energy!
So, how many Carbs after surgery?
You know it’s protein first, every meal.
Well good forms of carbs follow that!
Each meal should be made up of a good source of lean protein, and a healthy serve of complex carbs. Either a stack of veg with brown rice or pasta or just veg. So 50% of each plate should be full of healthy carbs!
Without enough carbs in your diet, protein will be used for fuel.
This can lead to muscle loss, and will slow down your weight loss results. Using protein for fuel instead of carbohydrates also puts stress on the kidneys.
People who don't consume enough of the healthy carbohydrates may also be lacking in fibre - which can cause digestive problems and constipation.