CARBS. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW PART 2
Welcome to part 2 of my series of posts “Carbs. The Good The Bad The Ugly”. If you missed part 1 you can read it here. In part 2 I want to talk about what happens in your body when you eat a carb and how it contributes to weight gain.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EAT CARBS??
Very simply, when you eat a carb
⇒ sugar enters your blood stream
⇒ insulin enters your bloodstream to move the sugar (glucose) to your liver for storage (glycogen)
⇒ when your liver is ‘full’ glycogen (stored sugar/glucose) moves to your muscles
⇒ if the stored sugar is not used it then converts to fat stored in your fat cells
DO CARBS CAUSE BLOATING??
YES THEY DO!
What you might not know is each gram of carbohydrate requires the body to hold about 3 grams of water! TALK ABOUT FEELING BLOATED!!
If you’re constantly eating carbs at all your meals and snacks, what the heck do you think is going to happen??
If you’re using up your carb stores by being active, you’re also releasing fluid as well as not having it convert to fat.
Water weight is still weight! I still will feel fat and wont be able to do up my jeans regardless!
WHAT IS KETOSIS?
Maybe you’ve heard about ketosis and that it’s dangerous and bad for you? Or maybe you really just don’t understand what it means?
KETOSIS IS WHEN THE BODY IS USING FAT STORES FOR ENERGY BECAUSE IT HAS RUN OUT OF STORED SUGAR (CARB)!
Sounds good to me! I want my fat gone! So use it up body! People might be getting confused with ketoacidosis which is a dangerous condition. It mainly affects diabetics who are unable to produce enough insulin to move the sugar out of their bloodstream.
IS INSULIN THE BAD GUY??
Of course our bodies need insulin to move sugars out of the blood stream but constantly doing that leads to weight gain. It’s not just about calorie in calorie out. There is a bigger picture involving hormones you should know about. Read this post here which explains it in much more detail.In fact that whole series will blow your mind! Carbs require insulin a lot more than proteins and fats!
IS NO CARB THE ANSWER?
Like I said in part 1 if you never ate bread, pasta, rice, chocolate, biscuits or lollies again you wouldn’t die or get sick! There is no such thing as a carbohydrate deficiency!
But let’s get real. We love all that stuff BUT if you want to lose weight it has to go! Personally I’m a fan of no carb because it’s all or nothing for me. I get real cravings if I eat processed carbs. If I eat pasta, I want bread. If I eat the bread then I want the chocolate and THEN I want the ice cream!! I’m NOT exaggerating! And THEN I’ll repeat the pattern tomorrow!
If I stick to no carb then I
⇒ automatically cut my calories
⇒ my blood sugar stays even; no highs and lows in energy levels
⇒ I don’t get bloated
⇒ I FEEL better
⇒ I LOSE WEIGHT!!
FAT IS NOT THE BAD GUY!
It’s for this reason I buy full fat varieties of everything. Usually low-fat means HIGH CARB (sugar). Just read the label of a low-fat product and compare it to the high fat product! I always just focus on the carbohydrate level and aim for less than 10% if I can get it. This automatically eliminates most stuff that is high in bad fats anyway like pies, pasties, cakes etc.
If you don’t have a problem with cravings and can stop at one bread roll, one square of chocolate, one roast potato, one scoop of ice cream I have no idea why you’re reading my blog! You don’t have ANY weight issues! For the rest of us it’s a little more challenging!
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