Carbohydrates Do Not Make You Fat

Carbohydrates Do Not Make You Fat

Carbohydrates Do Not Make You Fat 

By: Handstand Trainer, Erik R.

Carbohydrates have taken quite the beating lately and in the last couple of years low carb diets have taken over. But why are carbohydrates seen as bad? Before we answer that question first we have to understand why people blame carbohydrates for making us fat and the science of it all.

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The main reason people think carbs make you fat is due to a hormone called insulin.

In short, when you eat carbs, your body breaks it down into glucose (which is sugar). Insulin is then secreted from the pancreas to drive the glucose into the cell because of high glucose levels (high blood sugar), which are very toxic to the body. Insulin is produced and glucose leaves the blood and enters the cell, which then turns off the body’s ability to burn fat because the body is using that glucose for energy instead of fat. This is the top reason why people blame carbohydrates for weight gain. When in reality, this is incorrect because the body is much more complex and all the blame cannot be put on insulin alone. In fact, insulin actually has numerous benefits. Just know that carbohydrates are not the only thing that raise insulin levels - proteins and fats do too, just not as much. 

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Insulin's important! It's main job is open the cell and allow nutrients to pass into the cell, i.e the cell is locked and insulin is a key that unlocks it. Therefore, insulin is needed for the body to function correctly and possibly, optimally, because when insulin drives these nutrients into the cell, it allows the body to store the energy for later use or use it right away.

This means that: Your body needs a certain amount of energy (glucose) in it at all times - even at rest. This is what we call our basal metabolic rate, i.e everyone burns an “X” amount of calories per day just by living. And glucose (energy) is needed for our cells and organs to function, specifically the brain. And yes, the body can use fat (fatty acids) and ketones as a fuel source, but this doesn’t matter in the big picture.

This is what does when reaching for optimal health: Balance

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Carbs are not what make you gain weight. If we're going to point to one thing, all that matters is calories in versus calories out. It’s imperative that you eat healthy foods in a balance, like fruits, vegetables, and eggs because they contain micro nutrients that are essential for the body to operate, but we will cover that next week. Stay tuned!

  

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Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any health condition. 

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