Doesn’t it boggle your mind when everyone in health and fitness community always recommend a low carb diet for weight loss ?
Not only when it comes to weight loss, people surviving cancer and fighting diabetes are also required to eat a low carb diet.
People looking to improve their brain function and liver functions are asked to shift to a low carb diet.
People who complain of pain and inflammation are also advised to decrease their carb intake.
Even people suffering from Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis have to reduce their carb intake to get better.
All of sudden there’s a newfound hatred of Carbs.
Is something fishy about carbs? If yes, don’t you really want to know?
Recent research studies listed out in the US National Library of Medicine points out:
“cellular breakdown of carbohydrates for fuel result in generation of a reactive oxygen free radical which then must be neutralized by antioxidants”
To put things into a simpler perspective, Carbohydrates are definitely not a clean burning fuel for our body, its cells and organs.
More and more studies are simply admitting the fact that excessive amounts of glucose obtained from carbohydrates (especially processed grains and sugars) are the primary suspect behind obesity and many other lifestyle diseases of new age humans.
Most of us simply assume that glucose is the preferred fuel for our cells.
Thus, what makes the problem really diabolical is the fact that if we don’t feed ourselves with carbs then our blood sugar level drops and if we do feed ourselves with high carbs our insulin level rises.
You simply ask yourself, if glucose is the preferred fuel, why our body is not able to store large amounts of glucose.
Researches have shown that Glucose is not at all the preferred fuel of your muscle cells, not even of your cardiac cells under any normal human resting metabolic conditions or even under most normal human mobility exercises.
The whole idea of getting nutrition from carbohydrates is a flawed one. There is no real role and requirement for any type of Carbohydrates in human nutrition.
Using Carbohydrate for fuel is like burning hay for fire, you need to continuously keep burning hay to keep the fire on. Aren’t we required to continuously feed ourselves with carbohydrates?
It’s doesn’t make sense nor is it resourceful to use a fuel that needs to be fed continuously.
Glucose is not the king of fuels, so you don’t need to live your lives in fear of running low on glucose.
In fact, it would have been extremely difficult for us to survive on the body’s glycogen reservoirs.
There’s a reason why your body stores 100,000 of calories in the form of fat and only about 2000 calories in the form of glucose.
It would have been impossible for humans to survive as a species if glucose were truly the “preferred” fuel.
Isn’t it obvious by now. Right?
REVEALED: FAT is the fuel preferred by Body.
For most of 2.5 million years of human evolution fat has been the preferred fuel of human metabolism.
Evolutionary biologists believe irregular access to food and difficulty to obtain carbohydrates evolved humans into species that could readily store and access body fat for energy.
The movement patterns and hunting attitude of our species never required large amounts of glucose, and body itself didn’t find any utility in storing glycogen.
The reason glycogen storage wasn’t necessary because of our ability to store fat, easy access to fats as fuel, ability to perform gluconeogenesis and utilizing ketones instead of glucose.
We just didn’t require carbs or glucose that much.
It was predominantly fats, ketones and minimum amounts of glucose obtained via gluconeogenesis that got our species where we are today.
Our survival as a species has depended entirely on us becoming an efficient fat-burning organism.
Simply put, the setting that nature offered us ‘the human species’ was to live life as an efficient fat-burning organism and to continue doing so if humans want to survive day-to-day and generation-to-generation.
Hence, dietary carbs are rather insignificant.
Using fats instead of carbs is how your body was supposed to function.
It is therefore really important for you to introduce your body to right lifestyle choices as that’s what make you who you are.
Despite all of this you’ll still see High Carb foods flooding markets and restaurants. Even if you look around your kitchen and refrigerator you’ll find them filled with foods rich in Carbohydrates.
How’s it possible to live a healthy life without ever consuming carbs?
Yes, an adequate amount of protein and fat can help you to live a long and healthy life without ever consuming carbs.
The same can’t be said for fats and proteins as it is impossible to keep going without consuming proteins or fats.
Cutting back on either of these two macro-nutrients for far too long will eventually make you sick and you can die.
Yes, it would take some time but our body can easily shift from carbohydrate oxidation to a state of Ketosis.
Ketosis is a natural process in which the body starts burning fat for energy instead of the usual source carbohydrates, thus allowing faster fat burn and quicker weight loss. Checkout the Fastest Way to Get Into Ketosis within 3 days.
Ketosis shifts away your nutritional requirement from glucose dependency.
Is there any modern day solution?
The Ketogenic Diet which is becoming more popular, and for a variety of reasons. It encourages your body to rely less on sugar-based fuels and rather to turn to fat and ketones (produced in the liver by metabolizing fat) for fuel.
A Ketogenic Diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that helps the body produce ketones (ketone bodies) and use them as fuel instead of carbohydrates.
Logically if you restrict your carbohydrate intake to 50 grams a day and make out rest of the nutritional difference from fats and protein, you can literally reprogram yourself to the evolutionary-based factory setting of us being a fat-burner.
This forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.
Will Ketogenic Diet help ?
There is absolutely no oxidative fallout of restricting glucose as fat can also provide you with high amounts of energy at relatively high outputs for very times. Cardiac muscle actually prefers ketones, and the brain just loves ketones.
Ketones may also increase the number of brain mitochondria — the power packs inside of cells.
It’s possible that the boosted energy production capacity created by these effects is what gives our neurons an enhanced ability to resist metabolic challenges.
There are so many benefits of doing Ketogenic Diet.
There is a downside, however: you can’t train long and hard day-in and day-out in the fat paradigm if you are a athlete requiring strength, for endurance based sports Ketogenic Diet is too good to be real.
All these diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, Cognitive disorders, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Issues stem from our over-dependency on sugars for nutrition.
Carbs or sugars were never meant to be the sole mode of nutrition.
Evolution tends not to reward structures or functions that take up unnecessary space or waste energy.
It’s time to stop this nonsense and reflect on human metabolism from a new point of view.
We just cannot put aside 2.5 million years of human metabolic evolution that expects us from birth to death just function largely on fats.
Most of the human civilizations have lived practically on a zero-carb diet.
So can you !