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Everyone has heard of carbohydrates or carbs as I am going to call them, and how they are bad for you and can lead to weight gain and obesity. There are many diets out there that eliminate carbs all together, and I will agree, some of these diets do work for a short period of time.

Carbs, easily put, are stored energy in your body. The carbs you eat today will be stored as energy in your cells, and then tomorrow your body will break down the carbs stored in those cells. Those carbs will be broke down into glucose (blood sugar), and then glucose will be broke down into energy for everyday activities through some very scientific and boring cycles that I will not get into. However, if you do not use up all the energy that carbs provide you, they will then turn to fat and be placed in various parts all over your body (mostly the midsection, chin, and backside). If you cut out carbs from your diet, then the chance of carbs turning into fat is eliminated, and this allows you to burn off energy from fat instead of carbs, thus causing some fairly quick weight loss.

The only problem with this is that fat is not nearly as good a source of energy for the body as carbs are. Carbs are broke down by the body much easier than fats are, thus giving you more energy throughout the day. If your body is relying on fat for energy throughout a whole day, or even weeks if you are on a no carb diet, you will become very sluggish, tire easily, and struggle to stay motivated through out the day. Often with these characteristics come mood swings, irritability, and confusion. Without proper energy, your brain will not function as well, thus causing these mental side affects.

As you can see, your body needs carbs, and so does a good six pack diet. The difference between a good six pack diet and a bad six pack diet are the sources, or foods, from which the carbs are coming from. Carbs can be placed into two easy categories.

Bad Carbs. Bad carbs are classified as simple carbs, and can be found in various foods and drink products such as soda, candy, desserts, pastries, anything with lots of sugar, as well as white rice, white bread, and white pasta. What makes a carb simple or bad is the chemical makeup, in this case, a string of sugar molecules. A simple carb has a simple small chain of sugar molecules.

Good Carbs. Good carbs, the ones found in a good six pack diet, are classified as complex carbs. Complex carbs are found in whole wheat breads, whole wheat pastas, whole wheat cereals, whole wheat crackers and snacks, and they are also found in legumes which include beans, peas, and nuts. These carbs are classified as complex because they have a larger, more complex chain of sugar molecules.

You may be thinking that if a simple carb has a small chain of sugar molecules and a complex carb has a large chain of sugar molecules, then a simple carb should be broke down by the body easier and eliminate the chance for it turning to fat, making it better for you than a complex carb right? Wrong.

It is true that the body will break down a simple carb easier, but that does not make it better for you. Why? Simply put, when your body breaks down a simple carb, it breaks it down fairly fast because of the small chain of sugars, thus causing a quick and small burst of energy(sugar rush). When your body breaks down a complex carb, it breaks it down over an extended period of time because of the complex chain of sugar molecules,  thus causing a more even amount of energy released, and in return giving you more energy throughout the entire day.

So what exactly does that have to do with weight gain and a good six pack diet? Most people who take in lots of simple carbs through candy and pop tend to not actually use the energy provided by that little sugar rush. They are usually sitting around sipping on a soda, eating a candy bar and watching TV. The sugar rush comes and goes; the energy was never used, and thus converted to fat. But wouldn't the same thing happen with a complex carb too?

Yes, but here is the catch. Since simple carbs are broke down easily and quickly, that also means they can turn to fat much more easily and quickly. If you use the energy provided by the sugar rush, great, no harm done. If you do not use that immediate energy, then it will quickly turn to fat. A complex carb on the other hand provides small doses of consistent energy that can be used and burned through very simple everyday activities such as walking around at work, shopping for groceries, or even taking a shower. Since the doses of energy provided from a complex carb are smaller and steadier, it is easier to use up the energy and not allow it to turn to fat.

This is why a good six pack diet will rely mostly on complex carbs to provide the body with a constant flow of energy throughout the day. I say mostly because we are humans and we do get urges. A good six pack diet will have most carbs coming from whole wheat's, fruits, and vegetables, but the urge to cheat and have some sweets and a pop is perfectly normal, and I say, completely fine in small doses. Reward yourself. If you have been sticking to your six pack diet and eating very well for days or weeks in a row, give yourself a reward and have some dessert with dinner tonight. Pop some corn for the movie and add butter, but just remember, tomorrow your back on your six pack diet, and complex carbs are very important in reducing belly fat and creating a firm and toned midsection.

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