Is a high carb diet the key to health?

Carbohydrates continue to get a bad reputation. This is despite growing evidence suggesting that a high carb diet is the exact nutrition humans need. There are a huge range of benefits for those that follow a high carb diet, increased energy, reduced chance of type 2 diabetes and pretty large cost savings.

But what about helping your body weight? Eating carbs will always have a bad reputation as long as bullshit fad diets exist, think Paleo, the Cambridge diet and celebrity fitness plans such as Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15 and Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide.

This is why you should skip the fad diets and move to a lifestyle that’s sustainable, healthy and will make you feel better than ever.

You’re not going to be obese (or even overweight)

Eating a vegan, high carb diet is going to have you losing fat like no tomorrow. Really trying to focus on low fat intake while increasing the amount of carbohydrates will allow you to do more and lose the excess pounds.

People have got into the mindset that FAT makes you SLIM and sugar makes you fat. They could’t be further from the truth

Sugar is what our bodies use to burn excess fat, the sugar from these carbohydrates isn’t converted or stored as fat. In fact, it’s burnt off  by our body temperature. This process is know as de novo lipogenesis.

A quote from Dr. John McDougall, author of The Starch Solution, explains it well:

“Pigs and cows use this process to convert carbohydrates from grains and grasses into calorie-dense fats. That’s what makes them so appealing as a food source. Bees do it too, converting honey (simple carbohydrate) into wax (fatty acids and alcohols).We humans, on the other hand, are very inefficient at converting carbohydrate to fat; we don’t do it under normal conditions. (The cost for this conversion is 30 percent of the calories consumed.)”

In fact, from eating excess carbohydrates, you’d have to overeat for 4 months just to gain 1 pound of fat. That’s how minimally carbohydrates increase our fat levels.

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If we think of the slimmest and leanest people on earth these are Africans and Asians, yet they are the biggest carbohydrate consumers in the world, eating an abundance of rice and other grains. This extract written by Miyaki helps us understand more:

“In Japan, diabetes and obesity rates were never greater than 3 percent of the population pre-1991. If carbs in general were the enemy, with their high starch intake via rice and sweet potatoes, the Japanese would be the fattest, most diabetic and unhealthy population on the planet. However, this was not the case. Condemning all carbs as evil and cutting them across the board, regardless of the type or individual metabolic situation, is an uniformed approach.”

The recommended amount of carbs is that they should make up at least 50% of your total daily intake of food however, this should be substantially higher in order to perform at the highest level. You should look to have a high intake of complex carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, grains, fruits and vegetables.

Complex carbohydrates are converted into glycogen, the fuel our bodies run on everyday and the fuel we need to workout. We should ensure carbs make up roughly 70-80% of our daily diet while looking to keep out fat levels low.

Eating a high carb diet is going to give you more energy to play sports, work hard and play hard. After all, our body uses glycogen as fuel!

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