In the age of Keto, most would have you believe that Carbs are the Macro-Nutrient of the Devil.
Is that the case though?
Are carbs magically defying the laws of physics and making you fat? Because of... Hormones... and other sciencey stuff the Keto gurus are trying to sell you.
Like most things, the answers lie somewhere in the middle.
Can Carbs make you fat?
Can you still eat carbs and be healthy and lean?
Can carbs add immense joy to your life while you still stay healthy and lean?
Yes, but you need to do your due diligence and make sure you're not an asshole about how you eat them.
Think back to the last family picnic you've been to where there were younger kids, say 4-8 years old.
As soon as they sneak a little extra sugary treat or pop, they begin to experience a burst of relentless energy immediately.
This is because their body has yet to be ruined by the overindulgence of sugary carbs.
Right now, they eat sugar, and it cranks them up.
Soon, after years of abusing it too much, it will begin to make them sluggish.
Then they will start using caffeine as an energy crutch like most people.
The culprit is the hormone called insulin.
Insulin isn't good or bad.
It's just doing its job.
This job, for the most part, is regulating the amount of glucose in your bloodstream, so you don't die from a diabetic coma.
Where insulin sends this glucose is primarily determined by YOU!
Insulin is merely following your lead.
If you're generally inactive and lazy, it'll send the glucose to your fat cells for storage.
If you're usually an active individual, it will send it to your muscles for energy to be burned off.
Like in last weeks post about Compounding Fitness Interest, this also compounds over time.
The more you're active; the more insulin sensitive your muscles become, and the more you feel the energy to be productive.
The more you're lazy; the more insulin sensitive your fat cells become and the more you: "just don't feel like doing that today."
And you'll convince yourself that you made a conscious choice about it too.
Here is how to improve the insulin sensitivity of your muscles:
Exercise - The squeaky wheel gets oiled, and the more your muscles call for energy, the more insulin will want to give it to them.
Tighten the reigns on high starch and sugary carbohydrates - Eventually, you'll be able to get back to them in moderation once we've improved your body composition as well as insulin sensitivity.
Eat more Fiber - Sound familiar? Fiber not only helps keep you full, but also helps slow the insulin response leading to more favorable nutrient partitioning.
Try to move a little bit every hour - Similar to the exercise point above, limiting long periods of inactivity will help deplete some of the glucose in your muscle tissues. So when you eat your next meal, insulin will have a reason to send it their way.
It may also be worth it to invest in a carbohydrate management supplement.
My long-time favorite is IC-5.
The berberine plus the chromium and cinnamon is a perfect cocktail to help you get back on track if you're also doing the above action steps!
If you're having trouble and need some extra help schedule a call here to see how I can help.
If you don't need the call and just want to get going sign-up here and we'll get going!