Carbs – Your friendly neighborhood superhero

To reduce weight, cut down carbs. It is unhealthy! It is your enemy! It should be banned!

Have we not heard of these in different languages and emotions?

To be honest, carbohydrates or carbs, as they are called, are also your friend. The right intake of carbs will keep you healthy.

Healthy Carbs. No Way!

Carbs can be found in typical foods such as sugar in the form of fruits, vegetables, and milk. If you have thought sugar is just your typical table sugar it is not so. Sugar is found in almost all forms of food, vegetables, and fruits, and your body needs sugar every day. The right amount of sugar will help your body.

Another great way to consume carbs is by eating rice, beans, peas, and grains. If you don’t like starchy food, then fiber is another way to get going. Fibers such as peas, soya, etc are just perfect.

What exactly do carbs do for you? (apart from adding the dreaded weight)

The human body burns energy every second. Any activity, be it running a marathon or lifting your pinkie finger, burns energy and carbs provide the energy. And yes, even your breathing.

Another good deed that carbs do silently is, it prevents diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and keeps obesity at bay. It also helps in indigestion and keeps cholesterol under control including the weight. Carbs help in reducing or controlling weight if eaten properly.

A proper diet of fruits, veggies, fiber-rich food actually helps in weight loss.

How much is too bad?

To even breathe and just be lazy you need 1300 calories a day. If you are active, at least 3000 calories are needed. So, on average, a person would require 2000 calories a day and carbs should ideally supply about 45 to 65 percent of this. Any calorie intake above 1200 for a lazy lifestyle is too bad.

A dietician or a nutritionist would be ideal to recommend your daily diet keeping other factors in mind.

Overall, it is all-important to stick to a fiber-rich veggie and fruit diet including whole grains, legumes, and low-fat dairy products.

A word of advice – just avoid added sugar products. They do more harm than good except taste heavenly in desserts and colas.

 

Eat right to sleep tight

Everyone loves to have their 8 hours of beauty and healthy sleep but rare is it to get someone sleeping for 8 hours!

For the few lucky ones who sleep like a baby, research has proven that what they eat at night before sleep makes all the difference. Yes, there is a connection between food and sleep and there is proven research to substantiate the same.

Let us now take a look at what to eat to get a good night’s sleep:

A diet rich in fiber and non-fiber carbs can help you sleep better. A few vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, peas, oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta, and a host of fiber-rich food and fruits available in the market will ensure you healthy sleep and also digest the food overnight for a trouble-less morning.

Incidentally, warm milk and crackers ensure a good night’s sleep too.

Now one may ask – Why boring fiber?

Fiber is one essential need for the body that surprisingly never digests in any form but yet helps in lowering cholesterol, blood glucose to a trouble-free morning toilet!

What to avoid for a good night’s sleep

Sugar in any form should be avoided. It’s good to have fruits such as bananas and cherries but bad to have them before sleeping. Bananas have 19 grams of sugar and cherries have 18 grams which can definitely keep you awake for a longer period of time. Have these rich sugar diet foods in the day time so that your body can release energy over breakfast or a lunch.

Others that may keep you wide awake are fatty high-protein snacks, burgers, fries, alcohol, cola, coffee, and a whole lot more.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans aged between 18-64 consume three 12 ounce caffeinated beverages on a weekday. Now, that is a whole lot of energy to burn I would say!

Post your comments to have a trouble-free healthy sleep and a good morning!