What Are Carbs ? A Beginner’s Carbs Guide


what are carbs my carbs guide

I’m really excited to share all my work on low carb foods and diets with you; I think it’s a great way to lose weight that can be healthy and easy to stick with. I know it worked well for me and my friends and It’ll work well for your too. Make sure you check out all my low carb articles and resources so you can enjoy the low carb way to losing weight and feeling great!

Carbohydrates are an important food group. In fact, if you look at the Standard American Diet, better known as the food pyramid, you’d be excused for thinking that carbs are the MOST important food group! The SAD recommends that 45-65% of all your calories come from carbs, mostly gains.

And yet, if you want to lose weight, many experts will tell you that you need less carbs.

So what is the truth? Should you follow a high carb diet or low carb diet?

I must admit, I was once really confused by carbs. Carbs are low in fat so they are healthy BUT sugar is also a carb which is unhealthy. With all that to consider, it’s hard to know whether carbs are good or bad.

I spoke to a lot of my friends about this whole carb argument and was relieved to find out that they were every bit as confused as I was. So, I did some reading and some research and a fair bit of experimentation to discover what the truth about carbs really is and I’m very happy to share the fruits of my labors with you…

Good carbs vs. Bad carbs for weight loss. 

good carbs vs bad carbs by days to fitnessPart of the reason that carbohydrates can be a confusing subject is there are “good” carbs and “bad” carbs and even the so-called bad carbs can be good in certain circumstances. Just like there are different types of fat, there are different types of carbs.

Some foods are very high in carbs and, as a result, are not very good for weight loss. On the flip side, some foods are low in carbs and are GREAT for weight loss.

So, if you are interested in weight loss, like so many of us are, cutting down on certain carbs means cutting down on calories and if you replace those carbs with lots of lower calorie “good” carbs, you can cut your calorie intake without eating a smaller volume of food.

I’ve got lots more to tell you about this subject in my article “Good carbs vs. Bad carbs for weight loss” where I’ll not only tell you which carbs to avoid but which ones to eat instead. Make sure you check it out!

High carb foods 

high carb foods listSo, which foods are high in carbs? That’s a good question. There are lots of high carb foods you’ll probably want to avoid if you want to lose weight but here are a few of the main ones…

  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Potatoes

Cutting down on these foods is an easy way to cut calories but, I know, many of you will eat a lot of these foods because they are so common and a big part of many meals that you enjoy. Don’t worry though – you don’t have to give them up completely. I’ll tell you more about high carb foods and give you some great alternatives on my article “High Carb Foods”.

Low carb diets

the easy low carb diet by days to fitnessLow carb diets are really popular at the moment and do you know why? They work VERY well! There are lots of different ones to choose from and I’ve come up with my own which I call “The Easy Low Carb Diet”.

Low carb dieting works for lots of reasons which is why many of the bestselling diets use this approach. They don’t only work by cutting calories either; low carb diets help you lose weight by stabilizing your blood glucose, lowering insulin levels, reducing cravings, and filling you up with healthy, calorie-free fiber.

But, the trick is, what do you eat instead? Just cutting out carbs can leave a big hole in your meals leading to hunger and cravings; not good!

That’s why you need to know what low carb foods you can eat instead. Low carb foods are lower in calories so you can eat plenty of them without consuming a whole lot of unwanted energy. The result? Fat loss without having to starve yourself! Talk about the perfect weight loss solution.

Make sure you check out “The Easy Low Carb Diet” for more details on this great approach to weight loss.

Simple Vs. Complex Carbs

simple vs complex carbs article coverThe subject of carbohydrates is often confusing! It’s doesn’t help that some diets are very high in carbs while other diets all-but ban carbs completely. It’s no wonder many people don’t know whether they should or shouldn’t eat carbs for weight loss…

The truth is, there are several different types of carbs and to decide which ones to eat and which ones to avoid, you need to know the difference.

The main two types of carbs are simple and complex – the subject of this article.

Knowing the difference between simple and complex carbs, as well as the difference between refined and unrefined and knowing a bit about fiber too, makes choosing the right carbs to eat so much easier.

It’s not simply a matter of “all carbs are good” or “all carbs are bad”. Just as there are good fats and bad fats, there are good carbs and bad carbs too.

In my article Simple carbs vs. Complex carbs I explain the main types of carbs and the differences so you can choose the best ones to eat for weight loss. It’s a big subject but I’ve done my best to keep it simple for you.

Once you have read my article, I’m pretty sure you’ll find the whole subject of carbs much easier to understand and will have no problem differentiating between healthy and unhealthy carbohydrates.

Low Carb Replacements for Common High Carb Foods

Llow carb foods alternatives to high carb foodsow carb diets work, period. But, for some people, going low carb is a big transition that they simply cannot manage. Many try it and hate it or just don’t know what they should eat. Don’t worry though; I’m here to help!

Going low carb sure sounds like it should be easy but that’s before you realize how many of your favorite foods are actually very high in carbs. Bread, rice, pasta and potatoes are cornerstones of most people’s diets but are also very carb-dense.

While you COULD just give up these foods, your meals will look pretty unappealing if you do. Can you imagine your chili with no rice or your bolognaise with no spaghetti? How about steak with no potatoes? I know I can’t!

Because I’m just like you and didn’t want to give up my favorite meals, I did some research and discovered some GREAT low carb alternatives to common high carb foods.

Each one is tried and tested and has my very own Sarah seal of approval! I love my food so you know these alternative don’t just save you carbs but taste good too.

Try out these low carb alternatives. I honestly believe that, once you do, you won’t miss those high carb staples ever again!

How to Deal with Cravings When Eating Low Carbs

how to deal with cravings on a low carb dietCarb cravings are a common problem on a low carb diet. Why? Because many of us are very reliant on carbs and have become used to eating them all of the time. It’s not really surprising that most of us are addicted to carbs when the Standard American Diet recommends 60% or more of your food intake should be made up of carbs.

However, cutting down on carbs is a great way to lose weight and then keep it off. Foods like rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, and processed foods contain a lot of unwanted calories and can also interfere with fat burning. Cutting carbs and eating more vegetables is an easy way to eat fewer calories and also prime your body for fat burning rather than fat storage.

However, cutting those carb foods we all rely on can cause carb cravings that are hard to resist!

In my article “How to deal with cravings when eating low carbs”, I reveal SEVEN awesome strategies for beating carb craving that have worked for me and that I know will work for you. They are tried, tested, and have my Sarah-seal of approval!

Let me show you how to beat your carb cravings so you can lose weight more easily on a law carb diet.

How to Start a Low Carb Diet

how to start a low carb diet article coverStarting any new diet can be hard. Most diets often represent a big change and that big change can make it hard to stick to. The low carb diet is very good for weight loss, for many people, starting and then sticking to it is a real challenge.

I’ve tried lots of diets in the past and also struggled to stick to them. Because of this, I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks for making starting and sticking to a new diet much easier and in my article How to start a low carb diet I want to share my seven best low carb diet ideas with you!

From planning your diet to dealing with cravings to identifying hidden carbs, I’ve got lots of information to share with you that will make starting and sticking to a low carb diet so much easier. Whether you are new to low carb dieting or have tried and failed with a low carb diet, this article is for you!

Stop making the mistakes that cause so many people to fail before they even start; get off on the right foot with my best seven tricks and tips for successfully starting a low carb diet.

Best Low Carb Books

best low carb nutrition booksThe best way to make any diet doable is to ensure you eat foods you will enjoy. Buying a low carb cookbook means you won’t have to eat boring or unappetizing food and that makes eating for weight loss and health much more sustainable. If you are looking for new and exciting meals to eat, I recommend you buy one of these books and start cooking up some healthy and low carb meals in your kitchen. Most of them taste so good you will soon forget you are even on a diet! My favorite low carb books here.

Different Low Carb Diets

different low carb dietsLow carb diets are very popular right now and for one main reason – they work. When you reduce your carb intake, you automatically reduce your calorie intake too. Bread, rice, pasta and potatoes as well as the carb content of refined and processed food is high in calories as well as carbs. Cutting out these foods and eating more vegetables instead means you eat fewer carbs and calories while making your diet healthier.

However, did you know that there are several different types of low carb diet? Some are super-strict while others are more relaxed. Which one is the right one for you? Good question!

In my article Different Low Carb Diets, I explain the different between the THREE main types of low carb diet so you can choose the best one for your circumstances and needs. For example, did you know that just cutting back on high carb foods can help you lose weight but cutting them out completely will result in faster weight loss. Or did you know that eating like a caveman can help you lose fat fast the low carb way?

The best low carb diet is the one you can stick to so make sure you chose the right one by checking out Different Low Carb Diets today!

5 Ways to Beat the Low Carb Flu

5 Ways to Beat the Low Carb FluCutting your carbs down to very low levels will produce startling weight loss but, during the first few days, you might suffer a few unpleasant side effects. Not everyone gets these problems but for those that do it can be tough.

Many experts call these side effects “low carb flu” which usually lasts just a few days. However, and if you are smart, you can avoid these problems completely.

My first low carb diet didn’t go so well. Like a lot of people, I cut my carb intake too low and too fast. As a result, I felt horrible for almost a week. Once my symptoms went away, I found I really liked the low carb diet but I didn’t enjoy having low carb flu!

The next time I tried a low carb diet, I made sure I did things differently to avoid unwanted side effects and symptoms. I put some changes in place and used all the tips and hints I could find. Because I know the low carb flu is so common, I’ve written an article called 5 Ways to Beat the Low Carb Flu in which I share my top five low carb flu-beating tips and tricks.

If you have ever had unwanted side effects during a low carb diet, this is the article for you. Use these tried-and-tested tips to make your first week of low carb dieting as easy as possible!

How to Identify High Food Carbs

How to identify high food carbs post coverLow carb diets are an effective way to lose weight and get healthy. When you go low carb, you eliminate almost all sources of sugar and processed food from your diet which is a real one-two attack on the things that can cause weight gain and bad health. In the majority of low carb diets, those unhealthy foods are then replaced with things like vegetables and a few lower carb whole grains, all of which contribute to better health.

But, unless you follow a very prescriptive diet that lays out exactly what you can and can’t eat, it can be hard to know what foods contain a lot of carbs and what foods don’t.

In my early days of low carb dieting, I was always trying to learn what foods I was able to eat. After a while, you become very good at identifying foods that are high in carbs that you must avoid, and what to eat instead. But, at first, it can be hard, and inadvertently eating the wrong foods could derail your diet.

To help you overcome this tricky problem, I have written an article called How to Identify High Carb Foods so you can avoid those things that will stop you losing weight and that will make you unhealthy. I’ve used all three of the methods revealed in the article, and they are all simple to implement. Each one will make your low carb diet easier to follow.

Alcohol and weight loss

Alcohol and Weight LossNo matter what diet you follow, you probably want to lose weight as quickly and easily as you can while staying healthy and enjoying your meals. And then, once you have lost all the weight you want, you want to keep it off too. After all, why lose weight only to regain it soon afterward?

Unfortunately, a lot of people sabotage their weight loss efforts without realizing it by drinking too much alcohol.

A lot of readers of Days to Fitness write to me saying things like “Sarah, I follow your diets, and do the workouts you recommend, but I still can’t lose weight.” This at first seems puzzling but then, when I delve a little deeper into these people’s stories, I usually find that they are also frequent alcohol drinkers, and that they aren’t taking this into account during their diets.

Most people fail to realize that alcohol contains a lot of calories and some drinks also contain a lot of sugar and carbs. Needless to say, if you are following a low carb diet but are drinking a lot of alcohol, you all but cancel out the benefits of your diet.

In my article Alcohol and weight loss, I explain how alcohol can interfere with losing weight, and some rules for combining alcohol with a healthy diet while keeping your diet on track.

Low Carb Recipes 

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Breakfast, Meal and Snacks Recipes

For any diet to work, you need to be able to stick to it and that means you have got to have nice foods to eat. As soon as you start to think “Boy, I hate these foods”, you’ll end up breaking your diet and going back to your previous unhealthy, fattening food choices.

That’s why I have spent time and energy compiling some GTEAT low carb recipes for you to try. Each one is tasty, filling, and easy to make. I’ve got breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes for you – each one tried, tested, and Sarah-approved!

I really like food and could never stick to a diet I didn’t enjoy so you can rely on me to find you some good things to eat that still let you lose weight. Check out my “Low Carb Recipes” here !

loaded scrambled eggs
Seared salmon with braised broccoli – serves four

beef jerky a low carb snack

Steak and eggs with seared tomatoes

low carb Swedish meatballs
Chicken breasts with green chili-almond cream sauce
Lemon-parmesan popcorn
low carb Omelet with goat cheese and herbs
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