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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Stop Fearing Carbs

Every time I hear someone talk poorly of carbs my eyes do back flips in my head.

People think that if they avoid eating carbs that they won't get fat. Or that if they avoid sugar that they won't get fat. Again, with the labels and food shaming. It's old news.

Holidays are coming around and people are shaming on one part and then indulging on the other. They want to be ashamed of what they're eating.

But why?

Our bodies love carbs.

  • Our bodies preferred source of fuel
  • Not easily stored as fat
  • Fill up your muscles to make them look awesome.
  • They are delicious.

Much of what I do with my clients is to create efficient vessels (their bodies) that use carbohydrates very well so they can enjoy life. They do this with regular resistance training and cardio that is glycolytic in nature.

The only time you should truly avoid carbs is for a medical treatment. But even then, ketogenic diets are not just carb absent, they are dominated by dietary fat intake. Even the amount of protein you eat is limited to avoid gluconeogenesis.

Ketogenic diets are a very powerful tools. Ketogenic diets have proven VERY beneficial in the treatments of both Epilepsy and Cancer.

But, as a weight loss tool, it's not rational.

Maintaining a low carb or a low sugar diet in todays world requires immense discipline. Your will power is tested on a near hourly basis. Unless you make all of your food, you'll be required to be "that guy" who has 18 things to change to the menu item. And if they screw up and put that sauce on that you requested off, will sit there hungry and wait as they re-make your food? If it were for my health I'd say "fuck yes, I'll wait." But, if it was because of wanting to maintain my six pack, my patience will not hold.

If you want to lose weight, put yourself in a calorie deficit and maintain it for a consistent period of time. End of story. Don't try to "Hack" your body, tricking it to burn fat. If you try to do this, your body will prove that it is much smarter than you and in a few weeks or months time, you'll end up right back where you started. Bodies are created and maintained through a system of habits and practices that are recreated on a weekly scale. Everything else is hype and bull shit.

Until Next Time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.

The Opera Bro

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