How Carbs Make You Fat

In: Food Science

31 Jan 2012

In my experience, this is very true – whenever I jump off the carb/insulin roller coaster I lose weight very quickly.

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I have to say I love the image from the top of the article:

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5 Responses to How Carbs Make You Fat

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Alexander

January 31st, 2012 at 1:21 pm

To your personal experience: Let me guess, when you stop the low-carb diet, you gain weight as fast as you lost it, right? Thats not because you lowered your body-fat but instead your glycogen levels, which are quickly depleted when no carbs are available.
To lower the body-fat, simply a calorie deficit is required (exercise helps a lot). Low-carb, low-fat & all the other fad diets where you cut off a single food category are bullcrap (imho). You only get some malnutrition with that.

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Simon

January 31st, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It being bullcrap is either a true or a false statement. Not something you have an opinion on really. Glycogen storages account for a couple of kilos (3-4) of lost weight. A lot of people lose more and as long as it helps people lose weight the purpose has been served and calling it a fad is just wrong. It’s a method that helps people calorie restrict and lose weight, and that’s what it’s for. (also, claiming exercise helps a lot is hilarious, weight loss is manly diet)

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Dustin

January 31st, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Fight! Fight! The problem I have is the rollercoaster I mentioned. If I have a bagel for breakfast, then I want a sandwich for lunch, and then rice/pizza for dinner. Carbs Carbs Carbs! They make me feel hungry. Maybe it’s because of the insulin cycle mentioned in this graphic. Maybe it’s because carbs taste really really good. Maybe I have a low level gluten sensitivity. Anyways, when I break the cycle and eat mostly veggies and meat instead, I’m not as hungry, eat less, and put on less fat.

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fatmike182

February 1st, 2012 at 12:17 pm

just a note concerning the photo of the car: it’s an actual sculpture by the artist Erwin Wurm. Definitely go to his exhibitions if you see him anywhere around!

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edj

February 7th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

The bodies predisposition to get fat from carbs is a wonderfully outdated survival method/instinct that kept us alive during times of starvation and malnutrition during our evolution. Without it, we likely might have perished. Our genes adapt & evolve much slower than our adaptation to farming and making calorie-dense carb bombs that simply didn’t exist at any time before farming during our evolution. You will die from a lack of protein, fat or water in the diet. You can live indefinitely without carbs. We are the only animal that eats processed carbs, drinks another animals milk, drinks substances beyond water, etc. A host of maladies occur due to our abuse of nutrition. Mother nature’s way always prevails. Since modern-day maladies didn’t exist a few thousand years ago, it’s not an argument of fad as much as a lifestyle congruent with optimal genetic expression. Want diabetes, cancer, obesity, etc. then eat all the carbs you want. Call it a fad. But we were healthier animals before we had a choice to have this discussion. Do the research.

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