Carbohydrates: What's all the Hype
by Personal Fitness Trainer Trish
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania




Carbohydrates are the body's main energy source. They provide most of the energy required to run our bodies through a complex series of chemical reactions that start the moment we put a bit of carbohydrate-rich food into our mouths. Carbs are converted into a simple sugar called glucose that is carried to every cell in the body and used for energy. Your diet should consist of 55 to 60 percent from carbs. It should be coming from beans, whole-grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

Complex carbohydrates include not only sugar but also starches and fiber. Simple carbohydrates are just sugars. Both provide glucose, your body's preferred fuel.

A whole potato contains 90 calories and a typical slice of bread about 70 to 80. By the time we add 2-3 tablespoons of butter, sour cream, bacon bits, and cheese, a potato may have turned into a 500 calorie bomb with 23 grams of fat.

Low carbohydrate intake can do:

         Heightened sense of stress and tension

         Exaggerated reactions

         Loss of appetite

         Inability to concentrate


         Lightheadedness, fainting


High carbohydrate intake can do:

         Fluctuations in energy

         Fluctuations in blood sugar or low blood sugar


         Weight gain

         Food cravings

         Frequent hunger


         Tooth decay


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  Trish Amelio is a Personal Trainer in Pennsylvania. You can contact Trish through her  Personal Trainer Schnecksville Webpage for more information on her services.



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