Just about everybody already knows that sugar is going to make them fat, but not too many people know for sure if carbs will too. For the longest time people have misunderstood that eating fats is the main reason why people get fat. This couldn’t be any further from the truth, as more and more studies are proving the opposite. Sure, if you eat too much of any food it’s going to make you fat, but with everything being equal some macronutrients will make you more fat than others.
Don’t get me wrong. Growing up I absolutely loved eating Lucky Charms for breakfast, lunch and dinner whenever my Mom would let me. Gladly, I’ve wised up over the years and have vowed to never again eat cereal that has a cartoon on the box. Looking back I wish I would’ve even more healthy fats, lean meats and vegetables growing up instead of feeding my sugar addiction.
So not only will bad carbs make you fat, but a recent study has found that eating carbs can also made you stupid. The new study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and it found those who ate more sugar and carbs were four times more likely to develop cognitive impairment. The study also found those who ate a diet higher in fats and protein were much less likely to become cognitively impaired.
I don’t know about you but as I get older I’d rather be able to remember my name than eat a bowl of Fruit Loops every day. The study also helps prove that eating fat and protein can be very healthy for you. Unfortunately, they don’t say for sure what sources of carbohydrates their study subjects were eating, but it’s safe to assume that they were processed carbs.
All carbs of course are not considered equal, and the worst thing you can do is to completely eliminate carbohydrates from your diet. Green vegetables should make up the bulk of your carbohydrate intake, and you can eat pretty much as much as you want of them without worrying about getting fat. I usually prefer to make vegetable juice with collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy and celery. I found the vegetable juice is much easier to consume than eating all those green vegetables individually. I was finding my green vegetables sitting in the refrigerator far too long because I get too lazy to make the vegetable juice and also clean the machine. So I made a new rule, I have to immediately make the vegetable juice once I get home from the grocery store with the green otherwise I know I won’t do it.
So what other carbohydrates should you avoid besides cereal and other processed ones? First off, I would try to avoid any carbohydrate that may have gluten in it such as breads, pasta and tortillas. After you get the gluten-free carbs eliminated from your diet you can step your game up a notch and get rid of other grains such as quinoa, potatoes, barley and oats. Keep in mind that you can still eat those gluten-free grains post-workout as your body really needs them to replenish the muscles after a hard workout.
So it’s clear that the bad carbs will definitely make you fat, and new studies also show that they can make you stupid as well. Avoid the processed stuff and shop around the perimeter at the grocery store. This is because this is where the real food is stored, not the heavily processed and sodium loaded fake stuff. Definitely do not completely eliminate all carbohydrates from your diet and instead focus on increasing your intake of green vegetables along with low-sugar fruits such as berries. Don’t be afraid of fats, and readily strive to eat a handful of almonds or half an avocado whenever you feel like it. These fats will help you feel full longer so you don’t want to tear your hair out from the dreaded hunger pains.
Don’t worry if you think your life is going to end just because I told you to stop eating those bad carbs. You can still strategically eat them and actually help to improve your fat loss if you know what you’re doing. In my Flat Belly Formula program I’ve implemented a simple strategy to still be able to eat these bad carbs at certain times to enhance fat loss by manipulating your hormones. This way he can still have your cake and eat it too… And it doesn’t have to be gluten-free!