I get a lot of questions regarding carbs and I want to take time to talk about them today. My heading is actually asking the question is carbs the evil of fat loss. Are you ready for the response? Yes and No! What?! How can that be both yes and no. Well here’s the thing it depends on how your body responds to carbs. As you know we are all created differently, even people with the same genes can have a completely different metabolic type.
I like to use real examples so I will use my kids here for this as it completely shows the difference. Kelsie and Makenzie are only 2.5 years apart and yet I use to get asked all the time if they are twins or how close in age are they. People were actually shocked when I told them 2.5 years as they were almost the same size, wore the same size clothing and were with in 2 lbs of each other. Kelsie the older one and is what I call the naturally thin type. She is very lean and kind of bony looking. Makenzie is the younger one and my solid child. Where she’s thicker and has broader shoulders and hips. Both children have the same genes yet both completely different body types.
Now what does all of this have to with carbs? Well all in all it depends on your metabolic make up if carbs are evil or not. I will say carbs are not evil because we all need carbs to live and function (I don’t recommend no carb diets for fat loss), but too many carbs can be evil for some of us and too few carbs can be evil for others. Everyone has a carb tipping point, which is the amount of carbs your body needs to burn fat, gain muscle and keep hormones in check.
Have you ever met someone who tried the Atkins Diet and lost a ton of weight and seems to be keeping it off, yet when you tried the Atkins Diet all you got was cranky and tired? It’s probably because that person’s body is more sensitive to carbs than yours. They can burn fat and still feel good on a less amount of carbs than you can. The idea is find what works for you and your body. If you feel cranky and tired and not seeing results then you probably need to adjust your carbs. My recommendation is to start at 125 grams of starchy carbs (this rice, oats, and potatoes, etc.) and see how your body feels and responds after a week or so. Some of you may need to increase that starchy carb amount and some of you may need to decrease. The idea is to listen to your body and find the right amount that works for you. Remember to always watch for HEC (hunger, energy, and cravings) as that is your body’s natural feedback loop.
As always, if you need help nailing down how many carbs you should be consuming to get things moving let me know!
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