Will Carbs make me fat?
Many of you believe that carbs are uniquely fattening?
Let’s explore why and then answer the question.
This fear has stemmed from a theory called the “Carbohydrate - Insulin - Hypotheses”.
This theory suggests that carbs drive weight gain through their effects on one of our body’s hormones - Insulin.
You eat carbs.
Blood sugar goes up.
Your Pancreas releases Insulin.
This tells the body to move glucose (sugar) from our blood into our cells and increase storage of fat.
Secondly, it prevents the breakdown of stored fats and proteins for energy so we burn “sugars” for fuel.
Therefore the idea is that people who eat less carbs will release less insulin and burn more fat than people who don’t.
However, researchers and scientists decided to test this in a metabolic ward (a sealed chamber) where every last piece of food and movement was measured and no cheating can occur.
Each participant ate the same amount of calories and protein and the difference being that one group ate low carbs and the other ate high carbs.
Remember. Calories were the same in both groups.
If high levels of insulin in our blood, (caused by eating more carbs) promotes fat gain, then lowering carb intake should cause more fat loss as less insulin is released.
The studies showed that this was clearly not the case.
All the metabolic ward studies show that when calories and protein are matched in numbers, the percentage of carbs in the diet made very little difference to the overall weight loss.
In fact, the amount of carbs or fat had little to do with the amount of fat burned, despite the differences of insulin circulating around the people’s bodies.
Energy balance (and therefore body weight) is determined by a number of different factors from biological, psychological, and social factors that make weight loss complex.
But ultimately, it is calories and not individual food groups that matter more for weight loss.
Would you prefer to eat more carbs or more fat?
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