Simple and Complex Carbs

What is the difference between Simple and Complex Carbs?

There are so many diets out there on the internet. However, the one thing they talk about is simple and complex carbs. All these diets say carbs are bad for you. If you want to lose weight cut down on your carb intake, it’s that easy.

Well, that’s great, but my question is, are all carbs bad for me? Firstly, not all carbs are wrong; there are good ones and bad ones. Secondly, what I am going to share with you is which carbs to stay away from for weight loss. Most importantly, understanding the difference between simple and complex carbs. So this will help you to make the correct choices.


What are Simple Carbs?

Simple Carb

Simple carbs are foods that contain sugar. For instance, if you want to lose weight, avoid these foods. The reason is once your body digests the sugar, the body will crave more. For example, when eating simple carbs, the body will absorb these foods much faster. For instance, have you ever found yourself craving something sweet after dinner? At first, you feel full. But shortly after, you want something sweet. As a result, you consume more calories.

Simple Carbohydrate Examples:

  • sodas
  • Concentrate juices
  • Deserts and pastries
  • Candie
  • White rice, bread, and pasta

Not all simple carbs are bad; let us take a look at fresh fruit and milk products. Fruit contains an all-natural sugar and filled with lots of vitamins, the same as milk products. However, if you want to lose weight and get rid of fat, it will slow your results.

What are Complex Carbs?

Complex Carb

Complex carbs are different from simple carbs. The reason is they mostly contain fiber and are low in sugars. Foods that are high in fiber help the body to stay full longer between meals.  In other words, it gives you the energy your body needs, but without having that sudden crash of tiredness and hunger. For example, have you ever felt that sudden burst of energy after eating something sweet and sugary? Then an hour later, you feel tired?

Complex Carbohydrate Examples:

  • vegetables
  • nuts and beans
  • whole grain rice, pasta, and bread
  • corn and oats

After reading this, I hope it gives you a better understanding of the difference between Simple and Complex Carbs. We now know if we want to lose weight, then we need to stay away from those simple sugary carbs. For more information on how our low carb diet can benefit you. Call today for a complimentary consultation 941-925-2700



About the Author Tim Burnell, PT

Tim Burnell is the Lead Physical Therapist at Back In Motion Sarasota. He has over two decades of clinical experience. He takes pride in getting to the root of the problem which helps get his clients better...Faster! He is a family man & enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Monique. He has 2 children & a dog named Annie. Tim's son, Andre' is 11 years old and his daughter Joliebelle (nicknamed Pooky) is 7 years old. He enjoys visiting his wife's side of the family in New Orleans and his side of the family in Vermont. Tim grew up in Vermont, went to Physical Therapy School in Alabama, got his first job at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans and moved to Sarasota Florida after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

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