11 Tips on How to Eat Carbs

by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN Author, Eating for Energy

First of all, carbs are not necessarily the enemy. They can actually be your best fat burning
friends – IF you use them strategically.

And, if you really want to control fat loss once and for all, it’s crucial for you to understand
the pros and cons of carb intake. Trust me, it can be a love-hate relationship.

The Pros of Carbs

1. Carbs are muscle sparing. In other words, they preserve and prevent the breakdown of lean
calorie burning muscle tissue.

2. They provide energy to the brain and the body.

3. They help spark our metabolism and keep it elevated to prevent metabolic slowdown and keep
hormones in check.

4. They stimulate insulin, which leads to a very a nabolic/muscle building environment (this is
kind of a catch 22 as you’ll read in a second).

The Cons of Carbs

5. Carbs spike insulin levels and elevate blood sugar. It’s almost impossible to burn body fat in
the presence of high insulin levels. (hence – the catch 22 above)

6. Consuming too many carbs over lengthy periods of time can lead to a lot of fat spillover, which
leads to excess fat storage. Think obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

7. Carbs (especially processed carbs) are the most abused nutrient from both a health and fat
loss perspective.

8. Excess carb intake creates a lot of water retention, which leads to a soft look so it makes
you look and feel bloated.

9. Processed carbs hide nasty fillers and chemicals that can potentially lead to severe
health challenges. We call these obesity additives.

10. Additionally, processed carbs like grains contain “anti-nutrients” and gluten that can block
fat-loss and potentially cause various types of autoimmune diseases.

Now you can see why people think you can just cut out carbs to lose weight. But there’s obviously a
lot more to it because we need carbs to stay healthy and keep our metabolism happy and burning

11. Additionally, low carb diets only work for 4 to 7 days at a time before your thyroid and leptin
levels react negatively to slow metabolic rate and suppress fat burning hormones.

Now you can see the crux of carb intake. It can be a double-edged sword.

That’s why you gotta get “sneaky” and cycle your carb intake to maximize both your health and long
term fat-loss.

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Eating for Energy


About Mark


Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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