Truth Or Myth : Are Carbs bad for Weight loss?
"Reduce the amount of carbs you eat if you want to lose weight" - How many times have you heard this from your nutritionist or friends or gym trainers. I have heard it so many times that I have lost count.
So what is the truth? Are carbs really a taboo while losing weight? Are they so bad that you will not achieve your goal?
Honestly the answer is Yes ... and No as well
I know it is confusing but its not that black and white kind of an answer. In reality carbs serve as an energy source for the body and provide us the fuel to do our daily chores. Your body breaks down the carbs into glycogen and stores this for any further energy requirements. But there's only so much it can store. If you are taking in excess carbs then it will result in great amounts of glycogen which in turn has adverse effect on your body. It causes inflammation of arteries and liver and also shoots up the sugar levels in your body.
So carbs is bad when eaten in excess, but what is the limit? There is no such limit defined. It varies based on the person and goal.
If you are someone who is looking to lose weight, controlling your carb intake will help the fat loss process. How much control you want to exert is again your own choice, you can keep it to 30-35% of your calorie intake (Low Carb Diet) or you can bring it down to 5-10% (Keto Diet). You can also keep it closer to 50% (High Carb Diet) and still lose weight, though the rate of weight loss might be slightly lesser than LCD and Keto. The sources will matter as well. Having your carbs from sugary foods like sugar, sweets, chocolates is not the best of idea. Better options are carbs which give you a filling feeling. e.g Sweet Potato, Rice (White or Brown), Potato, Oats, Quinoa, Fruits etc
All in all you should have carbs and no it won't affect your weight loss goals if you know how much you are eating and don't exceed the limits.