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Carbohydrates in general are not bad, however, refined carbohydrates can be the arch nemesis of weight loss and dieting. That is why “dieting” is so difficult. At Team Afterburn, diets aren’t encouraged as much as a choosing a healthy lifestyle. When you live a healthy lifestyle you tend to eat foods that are better for you. You limit refined carbohydrates and replace them with food choices that are full of nutrients, fiber, and calories that are easily burned for fuel.

Low Nutritional Value

Refined carbohydrates are highly processed and have a much lower nutritional value than their natural counterparts. If you want to improve your health, you have to start with your diet. The phrase, “You are what you eat” is true in every aspect. Trade refined carbohydrates like white bread and buns for whole grain bread. Include more legumes like kidney beans, peas, and lentils to boost your fiber content. Add fresh fruits and vegetables like cherries, bananas, pears, apples, broccoli, green beans, and tomatoes.

Breaking the Comfort Food Cycle

Refined carbohydrates fall into the category of comfort foods because they have additives and preservatives that enhance their flavor and make them look more appealing. If you want to limit your refined carbohydrates, you need to change to look at how you perceive your food. Does it really bring you comfort or does it make you feel guilty when you finish eating? Turn that perception around. Instead of reaching for a hamburger, fill your plate with a rainbow of color. Red apples and cherries, oranges, lemons and bananas, green beans, and plums create a beautiful rainbow of color that is naturally good for you.

The objective of Team Afterburn is to help you find the right lifestyle that will help you reach your workout and weight loss goals. When you sit down with the trainers as a new member, the goal is to find out as much about you as we can so we can help you find the right tools that will work best for you. Try us out for FREE and let us help you reach your goals! You can also like our Facebook page to get more fitness and nutrition tips that will help keep you on track!