Thursday, April 16, 2015

Do Carbs Make You Fat?

A couple of days ago I was talking with a boot camper who was really confused about carbohydrates.

Frankly, it's easy to see why.

For years the popular diets encouraged us to eliminate carbs or at the least to minimize them.

These diets were essentially telling us that 'carbs make us fat'!

Hmmmmm.....

Yes, they certainly can add to our waistline, if we eat too many (but that's true anytime we eat more calories than we burn).

Carbohydrates truly are incredible for you ...

... or they can be terribly bad for you.

An apple is a carbohydrate. Strawberries, blueberries, and every other piece of fruit and vegetable are carbohydrates.

So are soda, cookies, cakes, and pastries.

There is obviously a big difference among those.

Think of your muscles like the engine in your car. And carbohydrates like the gas that fuels your engine.

Your engine requires gas if you want to drive. Likewise, your muscles require carbs if they want to move.

If your car just sat in the garage and was never used, it wouldn't need gas. But the more you drive it, the more gas you need.

The more you move, the more carbohydrates you need. Hence the reason I like to say "earn your carbs." Earn them through physical activity.

And the key is that most of them should come from fruits and veggies -- that's how you get to the levels recommended -- on Friday we issued a challenge for 5 per day, but if you REALLY want to see results, 5 is a minimum and 10/day is ideal (fruits & veggies combined).

Make sense?

And one more thing...bleached, enriched & processed carbs, when you eat them, it's like putting regular unleaded gas into a high performance sports car that requires premium unleaded.

Our bodies truly are high performance machines. Yes, they will run on junk fuel, but you'll need MORE of it (leading to too many calories), and our bodies won't respond well on the bad fuel.  Just like that Porsche won't perform optimally on crappy gasoline.

Put the right fuel into your body, and you feel great, you experience optimal energy, reduced stress, and function at your peak capacity!

So, stock up on fruits, veggies, 100% whole grains, and you'll be ready to take on the world!

Want a simple tip to eating the right carbs?

Strive to put foods in your body that contain 5 ingredients or less.

  • Apple = 1 ingredient.
  • Peach = 1 ingredient.
  • Spinach = 1 ingredient
  • Broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, banana, grapes all have 1 ingredient.
  • Quaker 100% Whole Grain Oatmeal = 1 ingredient. 100% whole grain rolled oats.

On the other hand, if you eat a Krispy Kreme doughnut, you'd get a whooping 61 ingredients, here they are:

1. Enriched white flour contains 2. bleached white flour, 3. Niacin, 4. Reduced Iron, 5. Thiamine Mononitrate, 6. Riboflavin, 7. Folic Acid, 8. Dextrose, 9.Vegetable Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil) 10. Water, 11. Sugar, 12. Soy 13. Flour, 14. Egg Yolks, 15. Vital Wheat Gluten , 16. Yeast, 17. Nonfat Milk, 18. Yeast Nutrients, 19. Calcium Sulfate, 20. Ammonium Sulfate, 21. Dough Conditioners, 22. Calcium Dioxide, 23. Monocalcium Phosphate, 24. Dicalcium Phosphate, 25. Diammonium Phosphate, 26. Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate, 27. Whey, 28. Starch, 29. Ascorbic Acid, 30. Sodium Bicarbonate, 31. Calcium Carbonate 32. Salt, 33. Monoglycerides 34. Diglycerides, 35. Lecithin, 36. Calcium Propionate (Preservative) 37. Cellulose Gum, 38. Malted Barley Flour , 39. Natural Flavors 40. Artificial Flavors , 41. Enzymes, 42. Sodium, 43. Caseinate, 44. Corn Maltodextrin, 45. Corn Syrup Solids and 46. BHT (to Help Protect Flavor). Glaze Contains: 47. Sugar, 48. Water, 49. Corn Starch, 50. Calcium Carbonate, 51. Calcium Sulfate, 52. Agar, 53. Dextrose, 54.Locust Bean Gum, 55. Disodium Phosphate, 56. Sorbitan 57. Monostearate, 58. Mono- and 59. Diglycerides, 60. Artificial Flavor , and 61 Salt.

Five ingredients or less will eliminate the garbage food, help you feel great, and lead to the results you're after MUCH faster!

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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