Carbohydrates are a fitness must-have! They get the worst reputation, and women everywhere are cutting them drastically, if not completely. “Why don’t I have energy?” and “why is my body not changing when I work out everyday?” become the most annoying questions. Uh, hello, look at your diet!
No one needs to eat two bagels, an enormous sandwich and then a pizza or pasta for dinner every day, but we all need to add them into our diet in moderation. By that, we also speak for the good carbs, like whole grain oats, brown rice, fresh fruits, vegetables, cooked legumes and starchy vegetables. Then live a little and add in some of the bad ones, like pizza and an occasional cookie or hamburger bun; anything that has been heavily processed.
It’s all about finding the right nutritional balance. Madalin Frodsham from Australia actually toned and shaped her body with just a simple carbohydrate change. She maintained the same weight, lost body fat and gained muscle, but all she did was switch to a 50% carbohydrate diet. She went from 800 calories a day and was substituting zucchini noodles for pasta and lettuce wraps for taco shells.
She became bored just eating vegetables, and it’s not shocking she was stuck in a fitness plateau. Your body needs fuel to work and 800 calories is anything but sufficient. Her new diet is now at 1800 calories a day, falling within the recommended female daily intake. And look, she changed her body for the better. Food is a good thing. Madalin ingested with more carbohydrates, as well as giving herself strong legs, toned arms along with some abs and curves.
Frodsham went from counting calories to counting the three macronutrients, consisting of fat, protein and of course carbohydrates. These are the three crucial components of food to help the human body function and to operate at its optimum level.
One gram of fat = nine calories
One gram of carbohydrate = four calories
One gram of protein = four calories
The vast majority of us don’t walk around with a scale or even have one at home, but there are guidelines for portion control on food packages, and we all have a calculator on our phones. To track everything we eat that way is not realistic long term, but those three simple conversations are great to know for everyone and there are apps available to help keep track.