Thursday, August 30, 2007

Carbs you ask?

Carbohydrates 101
Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced diet. Carbohydrates provide the body with its main source of energy. Certain tissues and parts of the body—the brain, the central nervous system, parts of the kidneys, and red blood cells—must have a constant supply of carbohydrates for energy formation. The brain alone burns 600 calories' worth of glucose (a carbohydrate) per day just from thinking (if you don't think, it's somewhat less).

The amount of carbohydrates that an individual will require over the course of the day will depend in part on the total number of calories the person needs (read this for more information on calorie restriction). That amount will vary because of age, metabolism, body type, and, most of all, activity level. In general, most people do well consuming between 40 and 50 percent of their calorie intake in the form of carbohydrates.Natural vs. refined.
DANIELLE'S COMMENTS: If you know your not going to workout, avoid eating excess carbs: bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. Eat less overall calories, because you won't be doing any excess cardio, strength training, exercise, etc. How do we create a deficit? 1. Exercise - energy expenditure or 2. Caloric restriction - reduce the amount of calories you consume. Still don't understand? Yikes!!!

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