Weightloss Mistakes Continued

Carbs are fattening, therefore I can't eat them. This is something I hear a lot. Your Central Nervous System (CNS), brain and spinal cord, use the sugars from carbohydrates as its primary source of energy. Carbs are important in fat metabolism, providing your muscles with energy, prevent your body from using muscle protein, etc.

When your CNS does not get sufficient energy from carbs, it will turn to your fat storages and use it in the form of ketones. Now, I know what you're thinking, "That's awesome! My body will eat away at my fat, causing me to lose weight!" If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Having your CNS use fat as energy will take away fat from other pathways in your body that need it. The functions of fat varies. SOME of the functions of fat are as follows: Used as insulation in the membranes of cells, protect and cushion organs, and are precursors for many compounds in the body, for example vitamin D.

There is a lot of research being done on the benefits of Ketogenic diets, intermitten fasting, etc. What individuals fail to realize is those diets are all carefully calculated for each test subjects specific caloric needs. When calculating an individuals caloric needs, all the macros (carbs, fats and protein) must equal 100%. When placing individuals on these low carb diets, the doctors are increasing the fat intake, accounting for the carb deficit. Furthermore, their carb and fat percentages are changed slowly, allowing for a smooth transition.

Balancing your macros will provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Now, you don't need to go crazy eating everything in sight that's healthy. The key is to take it slow, so you ensure the changes are permanent. Nutrition is multidimensional and you need to find what works for you. Sources of carbs are fruits and vegetables, dairy, whole grains/wheat (unprocessed or minimally processed).

My Plate demonstrates what your typical meal should consist of. Indicating fruits and veggies make up 1/2 of your plate, whole grains 1/4 and protein tackles the remaining 1/4. Make your plate colorful, for instance, don't have chicken with cauliflower, mushrooms and mashed potatoes. You want your plate to have a multitude of colored foods to provide you with a wide range of health benefits. 


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