Cutting Back on Carbs
- When you eat carbs, your blood sugar (glucose) increases because all carbs are turned into glucose (sugar) upon digestion.
- Your body produces insulin to clear the glucose from your blood and store it in your cells because too much glucose can be dangerous. This is called an “insulin response”.
- Insulin stores glucose as glycogen in your muscle and liver cells, however, when glycogen stores are full, all calories are converted into triglycerides and stored as fat (even the “fat-free” food calories!).
- Muscle and liver cell glycogen stores can become full easily, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle.
- Processed carbs cause a higher insulin response and fill up glycogen stores at an even faster rate; causing more fat storage.
- Try to stay away from processed carbs. Instead, your carbs should consist of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and a sensible amount of dark chocolate.
- There is no insulin response when you consume healthy fat. Enjoy healthy fat and cut back on carbs to reach your body composition goals.
- Cutting back on carbs and eating a diet high in healthy fat can help you prevent fat storage and help you burn fat.
- When your body transitions into a low carb, high fat diet, you will use fat as fuel and start losing fat instead of storing it.
If you want some more guidance on how many carbs to eat per day for weight loss, read about the Carb Curve Challenge. The Carb Curve Challenge will bring awareness to how many carbs you are eating and teach you how many carbs you should eat in order to reach your body composition goals. Remember, 80% of your body composition goals can be met with Primal Nutrition.
Tip: Wild-caught Sockeye Salmon and Sardines are great sources of healthy fat and easy to prepare. You can also try adding coconut oil to your tea or coffee!
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