With the low carb, Paleo, and Ketogenic diet crazes taking the health and fitness world by storm, you may be confused about carbs.
Carbs are getting a terrible reputation right now as the harbingers of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, candida, and pretty much every other chronic disease process known to humankind.
But, they’re not bad.
Keep your carbs high, and your fat low, and health is sure to follow!
In this post, you will learn:
- the truth about carbs and fat.
- the relationship between high carb/low fat diets vs. low carb/high fat diets and heart disease and diabetes.
- about calorie restriction.
All this is necessary to understand how I can eat LOADS of sugar and stay healthy and trim.
Bare with me, and watch the videos I include below. They will visually convey the information I spell out, and show you the science and studies behind my claims.
Excess Fat, Not Carbs, Causes Diabetes
When you eat a lot of fat, it collects in the bloodstream and blocks insulin. Insulin is the body’s key to open the cells and let the sugar inside.
Fat keeps sugar in the bloodstream and prevents it from getting into the cells.
The cells become insulin resistant.
Insulin resistance is the cause of pre-diabetes and Type II diabetes.
This is a recipe for free radical production, candida overgrowth, blood sugar spikes, and fat storage. We don’t want any of that.
In a nutshell, fat–not sugar–causes insulin resistance, which causes diabetes.
Excess Fat, Not Carbs, Causes Heart Disease
High fat proponents say, “Low fat diets don’t work. Look at the studies.”
Recently studies have come out concluding that saturated fat has nothing to do with heart disease.
But they are methodologically flawed.
In other words, the experimenters used a study design that could NOT detect the correlation between saturated fat and heart disease.
See this video about how the connection between saturated fat and heart disease is rock solid, and how recent studies alleging that fat isn’t bad are improperly designed with major conflicts of interest.
Calorie Restriction Limits Nutrition
Just because you can get ripped by restricting calories on keto, doesn’t mean your body is healthy inside, as demonstrated above.
I tried keto for a month and didn’t restrict my calories. Guess what happened? I gained weight. I was puffy and bloated. Cravings and caffeine consumption through the roof. Depressed mood. Anxiety. It was a total, frickin’ disaster. That’s a story for another post.
Moreover, who wants to restrict their calories?
I get cranky as hell when I am not eating enough.
Without fail, calorie restriction leads to overeating and binging for me.
Additionally, restricting your calories to lose weight or maintain ideal body weight means that you are limiting your nutrition.
Good nutrition reduces the body’s toxic burden, so it can clean house from all those years of improper eating and the environmental toxicity that comes with modern life (e.g. pollution, being sedentary, chemicals, mold, lack of fresh air, not enough sun, stress).
Good nutrition ensures the body has what it needs to do its job, and doesn’t get bombarded with extra toxic garbage to deal with.
So, how do I eat the upwards of 500g of carbs a day, and lose weight (if I need to) or maintain my ideal body weight?
Now that you know that fat–not sugar–causes blood sugar issues, diabetes, and heart disease, you can understand how a low fat/high carb diet contributes to good health.
Healthy weight is a side effect of good health.
To be healthy, I eat a low fat diet composed of fruits, vegetables, and small amounts of nuts and seeds.
Of course, there’s a debate about what constitutes low fat.
I consider low fat to be anywhere between 5-15% of calories from fat.
On average, I get 10% of my calories from fat. This ensures that when I eat sugar, it doesn’t hang out in my bloodstream for long.
The sugar is quickly and easily taken in by my cells, which in turn produce massive amounts of energy.
That energy fuels me throughout the day, and encourages me to move my body to further increase my caloric deficit, without cutting calories.
In a future post, I’ll share what a typical day of eating looks like for me.
- Get Dr. Michael Greger’s best-selling book, How Not To Die, to learn the truth about nutritional science and how to apply it to your lifestyle.
- Check out Dr. Douglas Graham’s book, The 80/10/10 Diet, and start learning how to lose weight with a low fat diet. You may be shocked!
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