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Do Carbs Make You Fat?

Every decade there is something new to vilify when it comes to being overweight and body fat. Often, it's advertisers finding a new way for you to buy their products.

Not long ago it was food with any amount of fat in it that was targeted. In recent years, the focus has shifted to carbohydrates leading many to question whether to completely eliminate them from their diet.

How Your Body Uses Food

Food and eating has evolved into a form of entertainment for many families around the world. It's not viewed as a need for survival, it's often viewed as a way to bond and enjoy life.

There's nothing wrong with this, but it does skew how we use and consume the food around us. When you're having problems with weight it's important to go back to the basics of how our body uses resources and what causes us to gain additional body weight.

It's a mathematical equation of input and output. In it's simplest form, if you consume more calories than your body needs to fuel activity it will be stored on your body for later use.

It's a complicated process, but that's the basic goal for the human body. To ensure survival and avoid running out of resources.

What does this have to do with carbs, right? Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy and fuel your body uses to make sure you don't collapse.

Carbs are not inherently bad, and they're not designed or even intended to make you fat. But if you consume too much of the wrong kind it will cause you to add fat and body weight.

Not All Carbs Are Equal

Carbs are necessary, especially if you're an active person, but not all carbs provide the same benefits. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors were getting their carbs from fruit and grains.

Carbs served a purpose and it was filled efficiently. Fast forward to today, and you'll see fast food restaurants at every turn bombarding you with carb laden foods.

We're inundated with simple carbohydrates (the bad kind) through easy access to cakes, cookies, ice cream and all the delicious foods that serve no nutritional benefit.

We just eat them because they taste good, not because they're necessary to our survival. When you're analyzing your diet and eating behavior, it's important to differentiate the carbs you eat.

Sure you get carbs from fruit and bread, but it's not the same as getting carbs from swallowing a three layer chocolate cake.

Should You Eliminate All Carbs?

Anyone who's struggled with their weight understands the frustration and feeling of desperation when trying to lose body fat. But should you go the route of eliminating all carbs?

First, let's clarify that it isn't a myth when it comes to no-carb diets. You will lose weight and body fat. Your body will adapt to a lack of carb intake by burning off existing body fat.

It's a proven biological reaction.

But, it's also important to note that it's rarely a sustainable behavior. People are often successful when on a no carb diet, but at some point they want to get back to eating like a normal human again and that includes carbohydrates.

When you return to consuming carbs once again, your body is likely to adapt to this new change by adding the body fat you spent several months trying to lose depending on the type of carbs you begin to consume.

A more reasonable approach is to start by eliminating all the simple carbs you are consistently eating. Anything that is sugary or cooked with white flour floods your body with carbs raising the likelihood of storing those resources as body fat.

You won't see a drastic or rapid body fat reduction, but it's a more sustainable behavior, which will result in a long lasting change in your body.

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