We live in a carb-phobic society!
Ever since Atkins entered the scene, America’s been poo-poo-ing carbs like it’s our business.
Now let’s be clear, not all carbs are created equal, and I’m by no means advocating for an all out binge session on pizza and donuts. But if that’s what “carbs” means in your world, honey, there’s a whole world of goodness out there in carb land waiting for you to hop in and grub down.
Do you realize that vegetables are carbs? Do you realize fruits are carbs? Do you realize that lots of healthy grains, including rice, quinoa, and oats are all carbs? These are the foods I’m talking about when I say you’re not eating enough carbs.
We ALL should be reducing our intake of simple carbs—things like candy, donuts, pizza. But here’s the thing, by simply cutting those simple carbs, and then eating all the fat and protein you can get your hands on, you’re setting yourself up for some long term, unintended health consequences. This is especially true for women and our hormonal health.
Why do we need carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are the bodies preferred energy source in the form of glucose. Glucose is absorbed in our small intestines and then sent to the liver for distribution. Any excess is stored in the liver as glycogen, and any excess beyond what’s needed in the “tank” gets stored as fat. This is why carbs get such a bad wrap. People think carbs equals fat. And therefore people assume, you cut carbs, you cut fat.
Here’s the problem with completely eliminating all carbs
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients needed by our bodies to function. Sure, if you’re not very active, your carb needs are going to be lower. But if you exercise regularly, or have a stressful and active life, you need carbs! And over time living this kind of lifestyle, in combination with restricted carbs, you can decrease your thyroid output, increase cortisol output, decrease testosterone, impair mood and mental clarity, decrease muscle mass, and suppress your immune function.
In short: slowed metabolism, increase in stress hormones, feeling tired, sluggish, all around lousy, and sick. Sounds HORRIBLE! But also like a TON of women I know.
So here’s what you should do instead
In the wellness program that I have partnered with, the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®, we practice carb cycling. Two days in the week we go back to back low carb, so less than 50 grams net carbs, paired with high intensity workouts. Why do we do this? Because it depletes those glycogen stores in your liver, forces your body to tap into fat stores for fuel, but THEN…we refuel with carbohydrates! We restore the glycogen stores so the body continues to optimally function. Then we do it again and continue to repeat the cycle so we not only maintain a healthy energy level, but longterm we do the opposite of what cutting carbs from the diet does—speed metabolism, decrease stress hormones, improve mood, mental clarity, and build lean muscle which helps the body consistently burn fat.
How can I start implementing carb cycling?
I will tell you it ain’t easy, friends! Because you don’t know what you don’t know. Most of us have been taught to avoid carbs, so it’s no wonder that eating a quality recommended daily intake of carbohydrates can feel overwhelming and downright daunting when you first get started. We are wrapping up week 1 of my first round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®, and my peeps crushed low carb day, but then guess what? Everyone’s mind was BLOWN when they started wrapping their heads around their recommended grams of carbs for our refuel days. And it’s why it’s so important to have someone walking alongside you in this journey. To help offer suggestions, tips and tricks, meals and recipes that work and taste good.
I have absolutely fallen in love with the eating schedule and the workout cycle in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. I can honestly say I have never eaten more, been stronger or leaner, and all around felt as good as I do right now. This program is teaching true health and wellness. It’s a longterm sustainable lifestyle change. It’s not a quick fix, it’s not a diet, it’s body awareness and empowerment when it comes to food you eat and the way you move our body.
If you are someone who has hit a plateau in your wellness journey, or you’re struggling with weight gain from stress or thyroid imbalance or PCOS you NEED to take a look at your carbohydrate intake, and this program. If you just want to get in shape and feel good about yourself, you need to take a look at this program! There is so much confusing information out there when it comes to health and wellness, and it’s time we simplify this process for the busy people of the world!
I will be launching another group of men and women on Monday, September 3rd, and the round will be capped at 20 people. Half of the spots are already spoken for, so if you were on the fence for round 1, get yourself registered now. We are one month out, but with back to school coming in hot, it’s gonna be here before we know it! And with the kids back in school, it’s a perfect time to make a new commitment to yourself in your health and wellness journey.
How’s your relationship with carbs? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Have a beautiful rest of your day, and I look forward to connecting with you again soon!