Further, by forcing yourself to go hungry, sooner or later you’re going to snack.
By eating the right foods at the right time, you will be able to eat until you feel that you’ve had enough: At the same time, you’ll be able to lose weight.
Sound too good to be true? No need to take my word for this. There are thousands of people worldwide who are now eating this way. They are enjoying the benefits of the weight loss and health gains they notice almost immediately.
The single most important diet mistake that will make you fat
If you’d tried dieting before, you’ll be all too familiar with the low fat, low calorie or just plain low everything diets These diets are everywhere.
There’s plenty to chose from, and I’m guessing you’ve tried quite a few of them yourself.
If they worked, there wouldn’t be the explosion of obesity that we see all around us. People are heavier and more metabolically unhealthy than ever before.
They are missing a trick, not because they’re stupid but because most of the dietary information around them is just plain wrong.
The single biggest thing that is making you fat is you’re eating too many carbohydrates
The Standard American Diet is packed with carbohydrates.
The average intake for a man is a staggering 296 grams of carbs a day; women don’t fare much better, their average is 224 grams.
If that doesn’t sound too bad to you consider that there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate.
You read that right: Your body has a zero requirement for dietary carbohydrates.
What your body does need are:
As long as you’re consuming enough fat and protein, you’re good to go. You certainly need the glucose that carbs are converted into, but you can make your own.
You may have heard such bro science as “your brain needs carbs to function” This is often said as a way to convince you that carbs are necessary: Here’s the truth:
Although glucose is the most common source of energy available to cells, it is essential only in a few organs: the brain, the kidney (medulla) and the red blood cells In the absence of dietary carbohydrate, the body is able to synthesize glucose from lactic acid, certain amino acids and glycerol via gluconeogenesis. (Energy and Macronutrients Essentials of Human Nutrition)
Except for dietary fiber, all dietary carbohydrates are considered nonessential. Every other major class of nutrients contains multiple essential compounds. Suzanne Wakim & Mandeep Grewa Professors (Cell Molecular Biology & Plant Science) at Butte College: in this paper.
So, in a nutshell, you don’t need dietary carbs; those bodily functions that could use the glucose obtained from carbs can make their own.
You could live the rest of your life without a carb passing your lips.
More importantly, a very low carb daily intake would offer you multiple weight loss and health benefits.
It is almost certainly the way our ancestors ate, and it’s the way we should eat too.
What happens when you eat too many carbohydrates?
The carbohydrates we eat are converted into glucose.
When you consume too many carbohydrates they will have a negative effect on your blood/glucose levels.
Glucose in your blood is used as energy for your cells. The levels of glucose in your blood is closely controlled by the hormone Insulin.
When you eat too many carbs, your blood/glucose levels will rapidly increase. In response to this, your body will increase insulin. This is to bring glucose levels back down to the healthy range.
Unfortunately, this often results in a too quick lowering of your blood/glucose. It’s this rapid drop in blood/glucose that will leave you feeling tired and hungry.
Knowing this, it’s easy to see how eating too many carbs can quickly lead to a cycle of overeating.
Further, Insulin is the storage trigger for your body.
The pancreas secretes insulin, which directs the muscle and fat cells to take in glucose. Cells obtain energy from glucose or convert it to fat for long-term storage.
In other words, eating too many carbs leads to an increase in blood glucose which leads to an increase in Insulin. Insulin tells your body to store the excess glucose as fat.
How to eat in a way that does not trigger fat storage
You want to aim to eat in a way that does not cause your body to go into storage mode. To achieve this, you need to reduce the total amount of carbohydrates that you are eating each day.
By doing this, the food that you do eat is going to be used to fuel your energy needs. This will keep you feeling bright and alert all day, without that post meal slump.
Further, a low carbohydrate diet will stabilize your blood/glucose levels.
This is turn will lead to a reduction of hunger, as you will no longer be experiencing the ups and downs of unstable blood/glucose levels.
The keto diet is a great way to achieve this way of eating.
Forget the word “diet”. Although the keto diet is amazing at achieving weight loss, it’s not just for this purpose.
The keto diet also has numerous health benefits, and can be used long term as a way of reaching all your health goals.
For more information about the keto diet see here, here and here.
If a very low carbohydrate way of eating feels a step too far for you, at least consider eating at least less than 100 grams of carbohydrates each day.
When you eat is just as important as what you eat
As mentioned, it’s not just a case of what you eat. When you eat plays an important part in your weight maintenance and overall health.
We humans are simply not designed to eat all the time, nor even frequently. We evolved at a time when food was often scarce, and we adapted to that situation.
We did this by developing the process known as Autophagy. This is a natural process and is your body’s way of cleaning out old and damaged cells that can trigger dangerous chronic inflammation.
If you eat continually, or far too often, your body has less opportunity to trigger this healthy process. This will have a negative impact on your overall health and susceptibility to future illness.