Eating the right quantity of carbohydrate is important, but the quality of the carbohydrates you choose is equally important. Ultimately, all the carbohydrates you eat end up in the bloodstream as glucose (blood sugar), but you can't lump all carbohydrates together into one category, because they're not all the same. Before we talk about how to calculate your optimal quantity of carbohydrates, you first need to learn about the different qualities of carbohydrates.
There are simple and complex carbohydrates, starchy and fibrous carbohydrates, refined and natural carbohydrates, high-glycemic and low-glycemic carbohydrates. Some of these carbohydrates are good and some are bad. The good carbohydrates are your friends; they will supply you with energy and nutrients and help you get leaner and more muscular. The bad carbohydrates are your foes; they have a greater potential for fat storage, they are nutritionally void and rob you of energy.
To lose fat, become more muscular, optimize your metabolism and increase your energy, the secret of carbohydrate nutrition is to learn the differences between the various types of carbohydrates, choose the right ones and eat them in the right amounts at the right times.
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WHAT IT IS A three-phase plan that has been likened to the low-carbohydrate Atkins program because during the first two weeks, South Beach eliminates most carbs, including bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit and most dairy products. In PHASE 2, healthy carbs, including most fruits, whole grains and dairy products are gradually reintroduced, but processed carbs such as bagels, cookies, cornflakes, regular pasta and rice cakes remain on the list of foods to avoid or eat rarely.