Carbohydrates are good or bad?

Carbohydrates are good or bad?

Carbohydrates are the most misunderstood nutrient In FAT loss nutrition. They are not inherently good or bad, as some would imply. It really just depends on the specific metabolic environment

The confusion stems from the fact that carbohydrates can be beneficial or detrimental. Carbohydrates can fuel activity, or they can get stored in our fat cells. Carbohydrates can help us build muscle in response to activity, or they can be converted to body fat. Carbohydrates can help us recover from strenuous activity, or they can cause us to fatten up during periods of inactivity.

You can see the key word in all of the above scenarios is ACTIVITY.

It helps if you look at carbs simply as fuel for high intensity activity. If you are an athlete and perform strength training sessions on a regular basis, then you need carbohydrates. Those carbs will be used to fuel and recover from training sessions.

If you are sedentary, you don’t need a lot of carbs because you aren’t burning through much of them. If you continually bombard your body with high amounts of carbs, day in and day out, you’re going to get fat. Unused fuel gets stored.

A good analogy is gas for car. If your car has been sitting in the garage, it doesn’t need gas. Loading up on carbs is like trying to fill up a full tank. It just spills over the side. In the human body, that overspill equates to body fat storage, and a host of other negative effects. Like elevated triglycerides, cholesterol and insulin resistance.

However if you drive your car around every day, sometimes for long mileage, you have to fill it up often. If you don’t, you will run out of gas. An empty tank in the human body equates with becoming tired, depressed, lethargic, irritable, impaired performance, muscle loss, stubborn fat, frustrated that despite dieting your body is not changing.

Coach Mike

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