Simple carbohydrates have low fiber content, such as processed foods. These carbohydrates are rapidly digested, causing a spike in blood sugar levels, which increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Complex carbohydrates have high fiber content, such as whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Digested slowly to keep us fuller longer, these carbohydrates help reduce health risks and have higher levels of vitamins and minerals.
Disclaimer: if you have an eating disorder, this might be triggering.
The Slow-Carb Diet basics:
• Follow the diet six days a week, eating very low-carb meals.
• On the seventh day, eat whatever you want.
• Don’t eat any fruit, dairy, “white” carbs, or certain vegetables.
• Because it is so restrictive, the diet does not allow for variety in food choices. Lack of variety can contribute to food boredom and nutrient and mineral deficiencies.
• Having a single day of unrestricted eating can create a negative relationship with food and train someone to label foods as “good” or “bad.” Instead, create healthy relationships with all foods and allow for occasional indulgences, without guilt.
• Eliminating fruits and certain vegetables could lead to an inadequate intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. A decrease in fiber can lead to irregularity and constipation.
• When we are not consuming enough carbohydrates, our bodies are forced to use fat and protein for energy—neither of which is an efficient energy source.
Carbohydrates are essential to a well-rounded, healthy diet. The key is to choose a beneficial type, pay attention to portions, build a plate with color and variety, have quality sources of protein and fats, and be mindful of processed food intake.