In this article we’re going to delve into the question – are carbs bad for you?
When you reduce your intake of carbohydrates, it triggers a physiological state known as ketosis.
When you eat carbohydrates (carbs) they are turned into glucose which enters the blood stream for the body to use for energy.
When you are following a very strict low carb diet, and drop your carbs to around 20 gms per day, your body will go into a metabolic state known as Ketosis, where it burns stored and dietary fat for energy, a perfectly safe process, and the reason why low carb is so successful for fat loss.
It’s like flipping a switch to turn your body from a ‘sugar burner’ into a ‘fat burner’.
Many experts attribute the large-scale epidemic of obesity in the United States, in large to the steady increase of unhealthy carbohydrates into our food chain.
These carbohydrates include, sugar, refined starches, processed foods, bread, rice, pasta, grains and many starchy vegetables and fruits.
Eating Carbs causes the glucose level to rise. The body produces insulin to help glucose enter cells where it can be used for energy or stored for future use.
The fact is insulin is a “storage” hormone.
It wants to shuttle as much sugar and fat as possible into your cells, while at the same time restricting the use of fat (also known as lipolysis). This is one major reason sugars contribute to weight gain.
When the body has burned all the glycogen from carbohydrates is begins to process fats through the liver, a process known as ketosis.
This is the body’s ability to switch from burning glucose for fuel to burning fat for fuel.
In a strict keto diet, complex carbs are eliminated or else the body will continue to turn them into glucose and use them for energy defeating the entire purpose of a strict low carb diet: which is to induce ‘ketosis’ so that the body burns stored fat for energy instead of dietary carbs.