Mixing Fast Carb and Slow Carb

A diet plan that combines fast and slow carbohydrates with protein during a weight loss period is capable of burning fat in a much better way. At first, look carefully that this is actually a balanced diet that combines foods from all types of food groups. The nutrition and energy that the body requires can be provided with a very healthy diet that includes lean protein, slow and fast carbohydrates. All these food groups have specific positive impact in your body.

Let us now check all these terms regarding protein, low carbohydrates, fast carbohydrates as well as their mixed diet.


Fast Type Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are used by your body primarily as the source of energy. Your body breaks down the carbohydrates into glucose after it is consumed. This glucose is then used as fuel by your body. Now depending on the ease and speed of this conversion, carbohydrates can be termed as fast or slow. Some fast carbohydrates can be responsible for heart disease, colorectal cancer, or risk of diabetes. Therefore, most of the diet plans do not include fast carbohydrates. Sugar and refined foods such as sodas, white bread, chips and other processed foods are typically the fast carbohydrates. But there are exceptions here. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are unprocessed and rich in fiber are regarded as healthy fast carbohydrates.


Slow Type Carbohydrates

Contrary to fast carbohydrates, the slow carbohydrates take relatively longer period of time to be digested. This is because the body takes time to break this kind of carbohydrates. Slow carbohydrates are termed as good carbohydrates and they are full of nutrition and fiber. These carbohydrates keep the digestive tract clean and healthy, gives you feeling of fullness. In this way, slow carbohydrates help you eat less and keep the weight under control. You will not suffer from diabetes and different heart diseases if you prefer to eat slow carbohydrates instead of fast carbohydrates. Examples of slow carbohydrates include fibrous vegetables, whole grains, and beans.


Protein Sources

Protein is the number one element for your body’s growth and development. The body cells, tissues, and muscles - all require protein more than any other elements for build and repair purposes. But there are differences in proteins. Protein source like red meat contains unhealthy saturated fats. These fats cause heart disease and thus need to be avoided as much as possible. On the other hand, you will find safe sources of protein in chickens, seafood, peas, nuts, seeds, and beans. These sources of protein contain unsaturated fat, which is considered healthier.


Benefits of Mixing Both Carbohydrates with Protein

As discussed, digestion and absorption of carbohydrates are different among fast and slow carbohydrates. In case of fast carbohydrates, after having the meal there will be a rapid increase of sugar level in your blood. This will cause you feel hungry and gain weight. Slow carbohydrates cause a more steady increase of blood sugar. This is helpful to keep a stable sugar level between your meals. High sugar level cause a lot of health risk and diseases.


The measurement and score of different carbohydrates based on their speed of digestion and effect on blood sugar level is indexed through Glycemic Index (GI). According to this index, if carbohydrates contain fat in high amount, then your digestion process will be slow and it will take time to finish. The reason is that the fat in carbohydrates take time to be broken down compared to protein. Therefore, the speed of digestion depends on the ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Scoring low on the GI indicates that the food takes a longer time to digest. So to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates you need to add protein and/or slow fat to your existing food.


A mixed food that contains both forms of carbohydrates and protein has below benefits:

  • Combination of both carbohydrates and protein minimizes the possibility of a blood sugar increase after having a meal.
  • This kind of mixed food helps stabilize the blood sugar level. This has a very positive impact in your weight loss efforts.
  • Feelings of satisfaction and fullness between consecutive meals can be achieved from this type of mixed food.
  • You will no longer have unhealthy food cravings caused by a low blood sugar.
  • If you are thinking of following a calorie-controlled diet in order to lose fat, then this is your desired diet.
  • This kind of mixed diet is a very good balanced diet as it can combine vegetables, grains, protein and fruit.

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