Unfortunately it is often difficult to discern fact from fiction, especially in the world of health and fitness. So, we are going to try to clear up some of the confusion.
Are CARBS THE ENEMY for those looking to lose weight and burn body fat? Well, that depends...on many things such as your genetics, your activity level, what SOURCES of carbohydrates you are consuming, etc. The truth is that carbohydrates can play in important part in just about anyone's diet. Consuming carbohydrate sources that are have a lower glycemic index and that have a less drastic impact on your blood sugar levels and insulin response are preferable and probably do not deserve the reputation that they have. With that being said, over consumption of anything can have negative consequences and in terms of weight loss, over consumption of carbohydrates can make it very difficult to make much progress. Insulin can greatly hinder lipolysis (fat metabolism) due to the fact that it supports the preservation of tissues NOT the break down of them. Therefore, when you consume large amounts of carbohydrates you create an environment in which fat burning is highly unlikely. The good news is that if you are wise about carb source selection and even implement a bit of strategy in the timing of your carb intake, you can get away with enjoying them in moderation while staying on track with your weight loss goals. Stick to lower glycemic index, more slowly digesting options and consume them in moderation. If you want to put your body in a position to utilize carbohydrates efficiently, consume them as a modest portion of your first meal of the day when your body is in a fasted state or implement them after you have been physically active. At the end of the day, it is worth considering that if your goal is weight loss, then focusing on a several key points can simplify things a bit.
1. Focus on consuming less calories than you burn. We call that operating at a caloric deficit.
2. Make sure that the majority of your diet consists of whole food and
minimally processed items. If it was not available when your grandparents were children, then best to minimize how much of it your eat.
3.Stay active! Move each and every day.
4.Stay well hydrated. It will keep you from mistaking thirst for hunger and it will help your body with maintaining healthy metabolic function.
Remember that health is our greatest wealth!
The Shedfat Team