Well the common thought on this is that you need to eat carbs to create energy. You burn fat with calories in, calories out. Burn calories so you end up with a calorie deficit and you should lose weight..This is the reason we have an obesity epidemic right there. It is wrong… if you think this way and are getting nowhere with your fat loss, this is probably the reason.
I have to say this is how I thought for many years. It makes sense in a way, until you try it. You eat healthy fibre, stay away from the fatty stuff, try to eat fruits and veggies, healthy salads and sandwiches. I admit when you are eating fried food and soda everyday and then start cutting back. YES you will lose weight! You think you are doing the right thing and you keep eating this way.. the first weight loss is great. 10-20 lbs or so. THEN nothing. So you start exercising a bit more and try to eat even healthier, brown bread instead of white, more fibre. No more cheat days.. you lose a bit more weight, so you think you are on the right track THEN NOTHING. So you exercise even more… This my friends is how you become obsessed with working out. You really think we should be spending every single day in the gym or running for hours on end to lose weight? As much as I love spending TONS of hours at the gym (NOT) you really don’t have to.
Here’s the deal. You are doing some things right. You do need to change the way you eat, you do need exercise. But you are probably going about it the wrong way and have the wrong way of thinking.
Sugar and excess carbs are the reason you are gaining weight..
You are thinking, well I need energy so I have to eat carbs. No you don’t! Our body requires three things; carbohydrates, protein and fat. The body is happy to use carbs as a form of energy. It’s readily available and we eat tons of it. The problem is when we eat carbs(sugar) it creates this hormone release of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that aids in fat storage. The more carbs you eat the more insulin is released, the more fat gets stored.
So what do I eat to get energy if I can’t eat carbs? Personally I’ve tried this, you cut out the carbs but after a day or two you feel drained, you get cranky and you have no energy. So you give in and you eat carbs again. This is actually how I lost a lot of weight. I would go on and off a low carb diet, I couldn’t keep it up very long (a few days) so I’d eat enough carbs to re-energize myself then go low carb again. It worked but I hit a wall and couldn’t lose weight and I hated having no energy, I couldn’t get much of a workout done at the gym on those days. I thought something was wrong with me, I was lazy or I just had a weird body that didn’t work properly.
The only thing that was wrong with me was my brain, the way I was thinking. I didn’t consider that if you eat something to get energy then take it away, you need to replace it with something else. This is where some people would go drink a red bull. Lol
I thought maybe I wasn’t eating enough protein. Still didn’t help, so I started researching it and it led me to realize that if you eat fat (the right kinds of fat) you won’t gain fat you actually lose it. Fat is a source of energy, if you eat the right kinds of it. Please don’t go eating at McDonald’s from now on.
Your body will use the fat you eat for energy. When it doesn’t have the fat you ate to use as energy, it continues to the next best thing, BODY FAT.
It can’t use the carbs as an energy source because you have cut back the amount you are eating. It uses fat, and it likes using fat. Even more so than carbs because like I said earlier the downfall of carbs is the insulin release it creates. Eating fat does not cause this insulin release so your body won’t store it.
IF YOU ARE EATING MORE THAN 150 grams of CARBS a day you are eating too much. We are all different, some of us can tolerate eating 150 grams and still lose weight or maintain. Others can only eat 20 grams of carbs a day to lose weight or maintain our weight. This is something you need to figure out for yourself. But starting at 150 grams a day is a good start. Count grams, not calories so you have an idea how much you should be eating.
Seriously though, your body is smart. If you are eating fruits, vegetables, meat and healthy fats.. nuts, seeds. You will see very quickly that you really don’t need to count anything. Your body will tell you when its full, when it’s hungry. Your body is a very good self regulator. The problem with carbs is they make you feel hungry when you really aren’t. One of the reasons for this is that you aren’t getting the right nutrition out of that food, so your body just wants more and more.. You eat way more than you need and you gain weight. Eating carbs creates a vicious and tiresome cycle that we all get stuck on.
If you are having a problem losing weight still than analyze the foods you are eating. Are you eating too many fruits or starchy vegetables – potato, corn, carrots.. These all have carbs, so you need to limit the amount of these you eat. The good kind of carb is fibre, this kind is ok. It’s good for you and vegetables have this kind of carb. Who is seriously going to overeat on broccoli, to the point of gaining tons of weight?
Fats – coconut oil, olive oil are the best but also don’t go low fat.. stay away from low fat products, full fat cheese, milk, cream.. saturated fat won’t hurt you.
Exercise = good for your muscles, helps burn all the energy you now have and strengthens your heart.