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Are Carbs The Enemy?

Are Carbs The Enemy? Definitely not! The majority of general population I come into contact with on a daily basis whether that be in the gym or through social media seem to fear carbs. They’ve been told by a friend of a friend of a friend who spoke to a trainer one time and he said don’t eat carbs! It’s all relative to your goals.

My opinion is you shouldn’t restrict any one macronutrient(protein,carbs,fats). You should look for balance. Where you can I would generally leave my carbohydrate intake to pre and post workout where I’m going to have the most use for it.

In my opinion this is what has worked best for a lot of my clients. A way of achieving and keeping your results is not by eliminating carbs completely but to keep them in your diet to a certain point. For example on days where you need more energy have a higher carb allowance and days that you aren’t have a lower amount. Like creating the wave in your body that keeps your body giving up weight healthily but without feeling like you’re completely deprived.

Carbohydrates are used as energy by the body; they fuel our workouts, as well as providing ample fuel to be used throughout the course of the day. Ingesting carbs also replenishes our intramuscular/intracellular glycogen stores to prevent fatigue.

A great way to keep carbs in your diet whilst trying to shed some lab’s is Carb Cycling. It allows you to still eat carbs from various
sources, without adding body fat(providing you’re in a caloric deficit) whilst also providing enough fuel for your day and also for your workouts.

Example Carb Cycle:
Day-1: 250 grams 
Day-2: 175grams 
Day-3: 100 grams 
Day-4: 150 grams 
Day-5: 200 grams….. And keep Repeating day 1-5

The best sources of carbs are the ones that don’t leave you feeling like you’re still starving after you’ve eaten them for example:
Sweet Potatoes
Brown Rice

They’re higher in fibre and should keep you fuller for longer. 

Unfortunately, for most of us, low-carb doesn’t work so well, either.

What’s wrong with restricting carbs?

Reducing your intake of healthy carbs can lead to the following problems: 

  • A sluggish metabolism
  • You feel deprived
  • Majority of people tend to eliminate carbs rather than just lowering.
  • Lower levels of muscle/strength-building hormones
  • Higher levels of stress hormones. 

The result? You might find yourself feeling cranky, tired, weaker, or even sick. 

Oh, and your weight loss will probably also stall. 

With reduced carb intake in your diet you may find you can get a decreased or down regulated thyroid (metabolic) function.

In order to function properly and to maintain an appropriate metabolism, our body produces an important hormone called T3. 

T3 is the most active thyroid hormone and is important for blood glucose management and proper metabolic activity.

Guess what? Studies show that when calorie intake or carb intake is too low, T3 levels drop

If you’re active, you need adequate energy and carb intake for a healthy thyroid(metabolism).

So in other words….. 

(in moderation & in line with your goals)….haha…

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