Carbohydrates: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! Quick & Dirty

The quick and dirty carbohydrates

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CARBOHYDRATES 101

The Good: When we eat carbohydrates, they break down into glucose. The glucose is eaten by our cells and burned up for energy.  So carbs give us energy.   Awesome.

The Bad:  Our body can only use a small amount of the glucose we eat for immediate energy.  When we have too much glucose in the blood, after the cells have taken their fill, we release extra insulin to get rid of the leftover glucose.  Extra insulin leads to higher cortisol (which makes you store more fat) and higher triglycerides (which leads to clogged arteries and heart disease).   So high insulin is bad.

we release extra insulin to get rid of the leftover glucose. Extra insulin leads to higher cortisol (which makes you store more fat) and higher triglycerides (which leads to clogged arteries and heart disease). So high insulin is bad. Click To Tweet

The Ugly:  The high insulin in your blood turns your body into a Doomsday Prepper.  Since your blood needs to get rid of the leftover glucose, the only place it can be stored is in your fat cells.  And your body wants to store it for any future emergencies, starvations, or zombie attacks.  Fat doesn’t make you fat, the excess carbs do.  Ugly.

And your body wants to store it for any future emergencies, starvations, or zombie attacks. Fat doesn’t make you fat, the excess carbs do. Ugly. Click To Tweet

So what do you do with the good, the bad and the ugly?  Fortunately, our body doesn’t actually need carbs for energy.  The protein and fats we eat give us energy too.  So to keep our glucose levels in check, we need to stick to a diet based on our macros.  And in order to fill your carbo portion of those macros, you need to choose foods with low glycemic loads (GL).

Low GL means the food doesn’t spike up your glucose or insulin levels.  Low foods, like veggies and fruits, keep your levels stable.  High GL foods, like crackers and breads, spike up your glucose, which spikes up your insulin, which continues the vicious cycle of fat storage.

Don’t be a Prepper and store extra carbs as fat.  Keep your insulin levels low and the glucose out of your fat cells. 

Don’t be a Prepper. Keep your insulin levels low and the glucose out of your fat cells. Click To Tweet

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Don’t let those pesky carbs get the best of you. 

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