To Carb or Not To Carb That is the Question

Have you ever heard that you should avoid carbohydrates if you’re trying to lose fat?

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Well, that’s a bunch of nonsense. :)

Sure, there’s a time and a place to go low-carb, but there’s nothing “bad” about carbs so long as their the unprocessed, fibrous variety.

That said, there is one little rule that you should always strive to employ when consuming your favorite carb, and that’s this:  avoid combining fat with carbs.  In other words, limit your fat intake whenever you’re eating carbs.

Why?  When you consume fat, fatty acids are released into the blood stream.  When you consume carbohydrates, the storage hormone insulin is released in to the blood stream.  Fatty acids + insulin = fat storage.

On top of that, insulin also causes certain fatty acid “transporters” to activate within the body’s fat cells, making fat storage even easier.  Essentially, the “deadly combination” that it’s always best to avoid is having high levels of fatty acids and high levels of the storage hormone insulin (caused by carbohydrate consumption, particularly higher glycemic carbohydrates) in the blood stream simultaneously.  How can you avoid this?  Avoid eating fat with carbs, and vice versa.

Here’s a good rule of thumb:

If you are eating fat, limit your carbohydrate intake to less than 10 grams in that meal.

If you are eating carbs, limit your fat intake to less than 10 grams in that meal.

Simply by avoiding carbs and fat in the same meal (without even having to change the amount of food and/or calories you’re eating), you’ll create a more optimized fat-burning hormonal environment in your body and you’ll begin seeing faster results.