Ways Carbohydrates Can Make You Fat
Can carbohydrates make you fat? Are carbohydrates essential
for fueling the body and having it run efficiently? Do I need
to watch my intake of carbohydrates to prevent fat storage?
The answer to all 3 questions is Yes!
So what does all this mean? Am I not to eat carbs or am I
supposed to eat carbs? How many carbs should I eat? What types?
The entire carbohydrate craze has gone from one extreme to
the other and back again. It's no wonder you may be confused,
frustrated, mad or all of the above.
There is a ton of information flying around and much of it
is garbage. Here are the facts about carbs and how you should
use this information.
1. Your body can store all carbs as fat when the muscles and
the liver are already full of glycogen. So if you continuously
eat a high carbohydrate diet this can lead to increased fat
storage. Also, you can store more of your carb calories as
fat when you eat too many processed and refined carbs. The
key is to consume moderate carbs and choose carbs that have
at least 2gms of fiber per serving. This will help control
insulin spikes, which leads us to number 2.
2. Eating too many carbs at one sitting without enough other
nutrients to counteract its effect will cause insulin spikes,
which then triggers your body's fat storing mechanisms. This
is why I suggest you eat whole grain carbs, vegetables and
fruits with skin when possible because they will provide good
sources of fiber to help control these insulin spikes. Also,
make sure you balance your carb intake with lean protein to
further counteract the effects of carbs in the body in regards
to elevating your insulin levels.
3. Through a process known as de novo lipogenesis your body
can directly increase fat storage by converting carbohydrates
to fat. So I will reiterate why you need to eat carbs. Eat
whole grain, high fiber carbs as well as lean protein to control
blood sugar rise, which then controls insulin spikes and helps
prevent you from storing carb calories as fat.
So now that you have the facts about carbs
should you be eating them or not. To summarize you do
need carbs. Your body does need carbs to function properly
and maintain optimal efficiency. The body doesn't need as
many carbs as we feed it though. It also doesn't need the
refined flours and process carbs we have become accustomed
to eating. As we have gotten lazier and our lives have become
busier we tend to lean towards convenient foods and they are
usually not the healthiest of foods.
We have consumed too much of those foods and then blamed it
all on carbs as to why we are fat. Carbs are not the main
culprit. They do play a part as I describe above as to how
they can make you fat. I also mention how to eat carbs so
that they don't make you fat.
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