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rutty wrote:Here is an email from a workout site that I follow. Once in a while these so called "experts" come up with these new tricks to help lose fat. I'm starting to wonder if these tricks just trick you into thinking you're losing fat when in reality it's more than likely just water weight. I emailed a couple of these "Experts" back and asked them to read a few books, but of course they had scientific answers for me and told me that I was on a one way track to staying fat. Good way to support your clients, I thought! LOL....Anyways enjoy the read and please feel free to leave comments;
Happy Day, Justin --
Did you know that there's really no such thing as "good" carbs or "bad" carbs.
All carbs are inherently "bad" (at least when it comes to body composition).
When it comes to body composition, it's really all about controlling insulin.
As humans we can really only store so many carbs as glyocogen before
they start to spill over into "fat-town". For most, it's about 100 grams of carbs
in our liver, and about 300-400 grams of carbs in our muscles.
Once we have filled up these "carb buckets", then insulin will drive all other
incoming carbs into our fat cells!
Total insulin production and carb consumption is still total insulin production and
carb consumption - no matter where you get your carbs from. So 100 grams of carbs
from oatmeal (which should be avoid since it is a grain) is equally detrimental as 100
grams of carbs from pasta or white bread.
See where I'm going with this?
The key to fat loss is limited carb intake, controlling your insulin levels,
and making sure that you empty our your "carb buckets" (with exercise protocols so that they don't overflow into fat town!
There's no need to complicate it any futher than that!
Avoid sugars and processed carbs.
Limit total carb intake to less than 100 grams a day at least,
and consume most of your carbs at night!
didi wrote:Am I missing something or are the low carb guys missing the fact that not only can carbs be stored as fat but they are used as fuel for energy aren't they? And to heat the body? And don't they metabolize into water and CO2 or what? If your carbs are all stored as fat then how does the brain get its fuel which I understand is glucose.
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