I’m about to address one of the biggest concerns of anyone trying to lose weight.
No matter who you are… or what your goals are… if you’ve ever decided to change your body, then you’ve asked yourself this question…
Is Eating Carbs Going To Make Me Fat?
And with all the misinformation out there, it’s no wonder you’re confused.
It’s like experts can’t make up their minds!
On one hand, you’re told carbs are the devil, and that even looking at a piece of bread can make you fat…
On the other hand, you’re reminded that you need carbs for energy and to maintain a healthy mood.
So what’s the truth?
As with most things in life, it lies in the middle…
Yes, you need carbs to function. It is your body’s primary source of energy and is needed by your muscles to propel you through your day… and your work outs especially.
This is all true.
But it is also true that too many of the wrong carbs… at the wrong times… will make you fat!
See, what most people fail to realize is…
All Carbs Aren’t Created Equal!
There are different types… with different characteristics.
The first type you probably come across are known as simple carbs. They’re made up of simple sugars, and provide your body with quick bursts of energy. Unfortunately, that’s the only benefit they provide. They lack nutrients and raise blood sugar, causing your body to release insulin, a hormone that activates fat storage.
Simple carbs are mostly found in foods that are processed and refined, like candy, cake, fruit juices, sodas, “white flour products” (bread, pasta), and most packaged cereals.
They should be avoided, as they make your body more likely to store fat. And the fact that the standard American diet contains so many of these simple carbs explains why so much of the country is overweight!
But there’s also another type of carb that is much more healthy for your body. These are called complex carbs. They also provide energy for your body. The difference is… this energy is more constant and sustained. It isn’t like the quick burst (and following crash) you get from simple carbs. This allows you to keep your energy levels stable and your hunger satisfied for longer periods of time.
You should definitely include sources of complex carbs in your diet. They’re a good source of vitamins and nutrients. Feel free to enjoy them, but with one catch…
They need to be eaten earlier in the day, so you can use them for energy and have time to burn off the calories. If you don’t burn off their energy, the extra sugar is stored as fat. So you should be eating them during breakfast and lunch.
You have many delicious options here. Examples of healthy complex carbs are: whole meal and multi-grain breads, brown rice, wild rice, all types of beans (kidney, garbanzo, pinto, black), lentils, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal.
There’s also another special kind of complex carbs that can be eaten at any time during the day. These are called fibrous carbs, because they’re rich in fiber.
They’re packed full of nutrients, yet remain low in calories, so you can keep eating them until you’re full, without having to worry about packing on the pounds!
Fibrous carbs are so important in keeping you lean and healthy. Fiber has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and prevent and improve constipation. It serves as your digestive system’s special helper, sweeping up toxins and eliminating them from your body…
It also helps regulate your blood sugar levels, eliminating those nasty sugar cravings… making it easier for you to stick to your plan.
You have a bunch of colorful choices to add to your diet here. Fibrous carbs include: apples, apricots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, grapefruit, oranges, pears, plums, prunes, spinach, strawberries, yams and zucchini.
If it’s a fruit or vegetable… chances are, it’s a fibrous carb and can be eaten at ANY time of the day, so make sure you’re taking advantage of it.
So, to recap…
The reason there’s so much confusion about carbs is because there’s more than one kind…
If you eat the wrong carbs (simple carbs)… or at the wrong times (later in the day, after lunch), they certainly can make you fat…
But if you eat the right carbs at the right times (either fibrous carbs, or complex carbs at breakfast or lunch), you can enjoy them while looking and feeling great.
And now that you know the difference… you know what to do. Just follow those guidelines and the fat will start dropping off as your energy levels increase to an all-time high…
If you have any concerns… Or if you still find it confusing, feel free to leave me a comment below and we’ll make sure we get you on the right track!