Eat your Carbs

Contrary to popular belief, eating carbs is an important part of dieting, Here is why:

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I see a lot of diets out there today that restrict or cut carbohydrate intake.  This is not the most effective or safe way to lose weight.  Carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for the brain and body.  When carbohydrates are not available the body goes into survival mode much like the post-absorptive state, essentially you’re starving your body.  In the attempt to raise glucose levels in the body, the liver catabolizes amino acids & lipids; during this process ketone bodies are created.  Ketone bodies are molecules of metabolic acids, when they are produced in large amounts a condition known as ketosis exists.  This is caused by an excessive amount of fats being oxidized for energy usage.  If the condition persists and ph levels in the blood drop excessively, the result could be vomiting, coma, and or death; this condition is known as ketoacidosis.

Aside from the fact that it can be dangerous to cut out or limit carbohydrate intake without the observation of a trained physician, you’re really not helping yourself especially if weight loss is your goal.  The only way to have real weight loss is through proper diet and exercise.

A good rule of thumb to follow:

  • 3 parts carbohydrates,
  • 2 parts proteins, &
  • 1 part fats.

During exercise if sufficient amount of carbohydrates are not available, the body will first begin to catabolize the muscle for energy.  This is not a good idea, because the more muscle you have the more calories you burn.  Weight loss takes place when you burn more calories than you consume.  Not to mention not all fats can be used for energy only the free fatty acids are mobilized via the Krebs or TCA cycle, the process of carbohydrate metabolism.

So, Why should you eat your carbohydrates?

In short, carbohydrates are a must for everyone, no matter what your goal may be.  The weight that is typically lost when dieting is not real sustainable weight loss, it’s mere water weight, or the fact that the individual is starving themselves.  This actually causes the body to store more fat, and eventually building additional cells.  It seems from a overall health & physical perspective one should not limit carbohydrate intake.

What type of carbs are you eating in your diet?  Leave a comment bellow!

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Yosef Kaplan ISSA CFT
Personal Trainer.

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  1. September 12, 2013

    […] about 4 hours before glucose levels drop.  When that happens the body will catabolize itself (see eat your carbs).  This is not healthy, and instead of losing weight your body starts to store nutrients because […]

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