Why Are Refined Carbs Bad For You?


I find that many people are following poor advice from their doctor, gym instructor or dare I say it nutritionist, as it seems their agenda is to push the “Carbohydrates are really bad for you” view. One thing that I tell people often is that not all carbs are the same. This is where the problem lies… not all carbohydrates are bad for you, but refined carbohydrates are bad for you.

Everyone needs a certain amount of carbohydrates in order to live a healthy life with a well functioning body. Many whole foods that are high in carbohydrates are very healthy indeed. Whereas refined carbohydrates have had most of the nutrients and fibre taken out.

Eating refined carbohydrates is linked to an increase risk of getting diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Every real nutritional expert will agree that refined carbohydrates should be limited/ eliminated. Unfortunately they are still the main source of dietary carbohydrates in many countries.

Below I will explain what refined carbs are, and why they are so bad for you health.


What Are Refined Carbs?

Refined carbs are known as simple carbs aka processed carbs. There are two main types below…

Refined grains: are grains that have had all the nutritious parts taken out. The biggest source is white flour made from refined wheat.

Sugars: Refined and processed sugars, such as sucrose (Table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup.
Note: Refined carbs include mostly sugars and processed grains. That means they are empty calories and lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.


So Why Are Refined Carbs Bad For Me?

Refined carbs when eaten; it’s as if it’s playing a trick on you. What I mean by that is you are given an instant burst of energy and that’s it. Not that long after eating, you will start to feel hungry again. In fact if it had any use at all it would would be for an instant burst of energy when doing physical activity.

Let’s say a pro athlete would most likely do this… but for everyone else, it makes more sense to consume complex carbohydrates that will actually keep you fuller for longer and get enough nutrients, fibre and energy that your body needs.

The reason for this is because complex carbs take longer to digest. Your fruits and vegetables and whole-wheat cereals are excellent choices of complex carbohydrates.

Other reasons why refined carbs are bad for you is that they have a direct link to obesity because they don’t keep you full for long periods. The result from this is that you tend to eat bigger meals or snack and snack and snack after your main meals. For me, this “refined carbohydrates consumption” is a big reason why people fall for such myths as Don’t eat after 6pm” or “Eating after dark causes weight gain” I mean LOL, REALLY!?

The truth is if you eat healthy and remove refined carbs from your diet, it will not cause you to gain weight in fact your more likely to lose. On the other hand refined carbs are bad for you because not only does it cause weight gain there is a bigger risk of you getting type 2 diabetes (which affects about 300 million people world wide) .


What Should I Be Eating Instead?

Your fruits and vegetables are very healthy sources of carbohydrates, for one. Any whole foods that contain carbs tend to be incredibly healthy.

This includes: Legumes and whole grains along with, as it says above, fruit and vegetables.
Note: If you like to discover more on what you should be eating, then click on all three of these below and implement ASAP!



To get optimal health and weight, you must absolutely get most if not all of your carbs from whole, single ingredient foods.
If the food you are buying comes with a long list of ingredients, it’s more than likely not a healthy carb source.


That’s a wrap!
I hope you guys have enjoyed my comeback blog post, as of late I’ve been doing a lot of videos.
I would love to hear from you guys, please do let me know what you think.. and if you have any questions as always I will get back to you.

Until next time ciao 🙂 


  1. Glen Peters October 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you Karim, interesting information.


    1. 1didieci October 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Glad you found it informative 🙂

  2. cassandra October 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I think that plant starches such as yams, fruit, sweet potatoes, parsnips and really high fiber veggies are the best carbs out there – you don’t have to worry too much about food intolerances!

  3. Jason Grant October 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Iv always wanted an in depth post to read on refined carbs. At last i got it, tremendous info keep it up!

    1. 1didieci October 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

      oh really ha… well somebody had to deliver! Haha, thank you and will do Jason 🙂

  4. Harry Bennson October 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    This one and the “Four myths about low carb diets” is getting me to eat better. I lost a lot of weight last month thanks to this site 🙂

    1. 1didieci October 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Great to hear Harry! Keep it up 🙂

  5. Stacey Morgan October 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Do you think it’s better to know how to cook ?

    1. 1didieci October 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Yeah of course! you have 0 people to rely on… plus it’s always good to learn a new skill 🙂

      1. Stacey Morgan October 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm

        True 🙂

    2. Harry Bennson October 17, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Yes I’m learning how to cook currently after realizing microwave meals are not good for you.

      1. Stacey Morgan October 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        Nice one I really want to learn.

  6. jaime Singh October 16, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I have lost almost 100 lbs in the last 3 yrs. I limit my carbs to <60 per day and caloric intake < 1800 per day . I no longer take insulin. I am unable to do normal exercises but I do work out in the pool and with my walker try to walk at least a total of one mile.
    I feel good , still over weight , and it has not been that hard. I have missed good biscuits and gravy but the results have been good.

    1. 1didieci October 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Keep up the good work! if you need any help at all just ask 🙂

    2. Claire Matthews October 17, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Well done Jaime don’t Give up!

  7. Claire Matthews October 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Feeling better about Carbohydrates after reading this.

    1. 1didieci October 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Glad i could help Claire 🙂

  8. John Baker October 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Great post Karim

    1. 1didieci October 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks John


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