Carbs DO NOT make us fat or cause weight gain.
I know this goes against a lot of trendy information circulating in the fitness world, but there’s a lot of science to back this up!
Our bodies run on sugar and carbs, so when you consume a very low carb diet (also known as a ketogenic diet), it puts a lot of stress on your liver and kidneys to process all the protein and fat you’re consuming. Our organs are meant to process primarily carbs, so a typical diet should consist of 50% carbs every day.
This is not a free pass to eat donuts all the time!
The quality of carbs you eat definitely matters. Let’s take it back to school here for a minute. There are two kinds of carbs, simple and complex. All carbohydrates are made up of sugar molecules, but the difference between simple and complex carbs is the number of molecules that join to form a carbohydrate.
Simple carbs are made of just a few molecules while complex carbs consist of hundreds or even thousands of sugar molecules. This makes simple carbs quick and easy to digest. Quicker digestion means you’ll get hungry faster, which means you’ll have to eat more frequently to feel full. Complex carbs are harder to digest, so you’ll feel full longer and they’ll give you sustainable energy.
Why Complex Carbs
Complex carbohydrates are high in fiber and nutrients, which is an important reason to include them in your diet. When you cut them from your diet, the lack of fiber can cause digestive problems, making it very difficult to go to the bathroom. Not only that, excluding them from your diet also means you’re missing out on important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body needs.
If you eat a very low carb diet, your liver and kidneys will be under stress, and this results in YOU being under stress. You’ll feel tired, bloated, constipated and hungry.
Complex Carbs to Eat
- Green leafy veggies
- Cruciferous veggies
- Potatoes (sweet and white—eat the skins, too!)
- Low glycemic fruits, like berries
Even though a ketogenic diet isn’t good for your body long term, cycling your carbs is an effective way to get the benefits of a low-carb diet without eliminating carbs.
Why Carb Cycling
Carb cycling is an intentional variation of carb intake throughout the week. I recommend 2 low carb days every week, paired with high intensity cardio. This helps you burn through any leftover glycogen (sugars) in the muscles so your body can burn fat. This is exceptionally effective for fat loss, which also makes it exceptionally effective for weight loss.
This is one of the components I teach my clients in the FASTer Way To Fat Loss, and they’ve seen incredible results! The best part is, I teach you how to incorporate it into your lifestyle so you can still enjoy desserts and even alcohol.
How To Carb Cycle
If you’d like to learn more about carb cycling and how to pair it with intermittent fasting, tracking your macronutrients, and performing highly effective exercise, then check out the FASTer Way To Fat Loss. It’s truly the most effective program on the market! You’ll spend 6 weeks with me online learning and implementing these strategies and you’ll see the best, most sustainable results you’ve ever had.
Losing body fat isn’t difficult as long as you know the correct strategies to implement and follow the science behind them. Carbs are an important part of your diet and critical to living your healthiest life.
My next round of FASTer Way To Fat Loss starts prep week on Monday, March 26. I would love to see you there!