When it comes to Nigerian food and weight loss there is always one obvious fact.
Nigerians eat too much carbs.
And it even goes further when one realizes that in a Nigerian’s weight lose crusade just “carbohydrates” is not the main issue.
When it comes to carbohydrates, it is the refine carbs or should that poses the actual weight gain threat.
A lot of the so called experts on Nigerian food and weight loss regimes are erroneously telling people that carbohydrates are bad.
But that’s not true!
We all need carbs for our brains and muscles. Because they are the primary fuels we need.
Types of Carbohydrates.
Simple And Complex Carbohydrates.
The difference between a simple and complex carb is in how quickly it is digested and absorbed – as well as it’s chemical structures.
1. Simple Carbohydrates
Simple carbohydrates are also called simple sugars and are broken down quickly by the body to be used as energy.
Simple sugars are made of just one or two sugar molecules.
Simple carbohydrates have been stripped of their fiber contents in most cases.
But that does not mean you don’t need them because they can be found in nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables and dairy products (the fibers in fruits and veggies makes it a bit like complex carbohydrates in the body).
But apart from veggies and fruits, the main simple carbs (cookies, cakes and juice) that people go for are higher in sugars and lower in fiber, therefore they have low nutritional value
2. Complex carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates, also known as polysaccharides, are starches formed by longer saccharide chains, which means they take longer to break down.
Chemically, they usually comprise of three or more linked sugars.
And because they contain longer chains of sugar molecules; it takes more time for the body to break down and use. This, in turn, provides you with a more even amount of energy.
Because complex carbs have a lower glycemic load, the sugars are released in lower doses in stretched out periods rather than in erratic spikes.
You need more complex carbohydrates and if you must consume simple carbs it should be in the form of fruits and vegetables.
Now, a lot of these Nigerian food and weight loss experts without consideration to the types of carbs and the fact that the body needs it. Employ Nigerians to skip it totally.
Which is impossible.
Because our body’s need fuel for energy, carbs must always be on our menu lists.
What we need is a little change and it comes with the type of carbs we consume and how much.
Eat more whole foods, whole grains and stuffs like that.
Limit the simple carbs and you would be fine.
Sources of Simple Carbohydrates
- Table sugar
- Corn syrup
- Fruit juice
- Bread made with white flour
- Pasta made with white flour
- Soda pop, such as Coke®, Pepsi®, Mountain Dew®, etc.
- All baked goods made with white flour
- Most packaged Cereals
- White Rice
Sources Of Complex Carbohydrates
- Whole Barley
- Turnip Greens
- Buckwheat bread
- Water Cress
- Oat bran bread
- Apricots, Dried
- Oat bran cereal
- Wild rice
- Brown rice
- Multi-grain bread
- Pinto beans
- Dill Pickles
- Yogurt, low fat
- Skim milk
- Navy beans
- Garbanzo beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Kidney beans
- Soy milk
- Whole meal spelt bread
- Split peas
Don’t allow those quack Nigerian food and weight loss experts tell you that carbs are your enemy or that you don’t need simple carbs at all.