How Many Carbs Should You Actually Eat?
Somewhere along the line, starchy foods like pasta, bread, and rice became synonymous with “carbs.” While spaghetti and bagels are indeed full of carbohydrates—and you do need carbohydrates for fuel—they’re not the only source of energy for your working muscles, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.Starchy carbs are as easy to overeat as potato chips (which are just fried, starchy carbs), and any surplus gets socked away in your fat stores. “Your brain operates on sugar,” explains exercise scientist Joe Friel, co-author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes. “When you eat bagels and potatoes, your body turns them into sugar and delivers them to your cells very quickly, which makes your brain happy and leaves you wanting more.”
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