Before I go into details, let’s get one thing straight: When talking about carbohydrates as a food-group (not as a trace macro found in other foods) if anyone tells you “People trying to lose fat shouldn’t consume carbohydrates at all”, please disregard them. Likewise, if anyone tells you, “Everyone needs carbohydrates in order to lose fat correctly,” do the same thing. These are both clear-cut signs that the person you are talking to, or taking advice from, doesn’t have ALL of the information they need to make statements about nutrition.
Now, if they are telling you that YOUR body type does, doesn’t or may or may not need carbohydrates (or certain kinds) there is a much better chance that they know what they are talking about.
Here’s the truth about Carbohydrates: whether or not they are right for YOU is entirely dependent on your body type.
Some people react to carbohydrates (when used properly) in a way that can actually speed up their fat loss results, while others can react to carbohydrates in a way that completely stalls their fat loss results. This is because while carbohydrates provide energy to the body, they also promote the release of insulin, and certain body types will release more of this fat storing hormone than others. Additionally, certain body types have more fat cells than others and are more likely to store fat when insulin is released.
The point is generalized statements about Carbohydrates should be avoided altogether. You won’t know how your body responds or reacts to them until you’ve experimented, or you’ve worked with a top-notch coach who understands your individual body type.
Now, I know many of you will read this and now want to know which type you are so you can take action, but I can’t answer that question with 100% accuracy because everyone is different. However, based on what I’ve read and what I’ve learned from other people I’ve talked to, I have noticed a trend. Again, I’m no body-typing expert, but this may help you figure out where to start.
I’ve personally noticed that most people are completely capable of consuming a decent amount of complex Carbohydrates while they are trying to lose fat, unless they have: a metabolic syndrome, a hormonal disorder, diabetes or sometimes even just a history of diabetes in the family.
I’ll repeat myself again, however, I am no expert here and this is entirely based on my own findings and observations. My advice to you is to experiment with different methods of eating to figure out which works for you.
Losing fat is a journey and there is no cookie cutter plan out there that works for everyone. This is precisely why some diet books and diet programs work for some people and not others. It took me years to figure out what works for my body and while I’ll use this blog and my Facebook page to try to help people figure out their own bodies as quickly as possible, I’ll never be able to give each person a precise indication as to what works for them. I can only help guide them.
If you want to lose fat, you have to be willing to try different techniques, learn the art of patience and approach your fat-loss goals with your dedication, drive and consistency. Fat melts as self-empowerment grows!
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