Lets talk about carbs or carbohydrates today because I think most people are confused with carbohydrate intake on a number of levels.
Are carbs bad, are they good…. or are they (a little like me) just misunderstood?
Well let’s just address that sentence in one hit and say…
- Carbs are not bad
- Carbs are not necessarily good
- Carbs are MOST DEFINITELY Misunderstood.
I’m starting to sound like Dr Seuss ha ha – that’s the last of the rhyming I promise ;)
I think people have very little idea about what carbs do, why they make us fat and why all of a sudden we’re being told not to have as much of them in our diet.
Well a lot less than we were previously being advised we should have anyway.
I don’t know about you but I grew up on carbohydrates.
My childhood breakfasts consisted of HUMUNGOUS volcanoes of cereal, oats, dried fruit and honey with zero fat milk - of course (“lets get physical” and all that).
Lunch was multigrain sandwiches or a couple of rolls with ham, cheese and salad, washed down with fruit juice or cordial.
Home made cake or biscuits for afternoon tea and often a banana to see me through to the bell.
Upon arrival home (after a hard day at school) it would not be uncommon for me to put away half a loaf of raisin bread on my own (if I was left unsupervised) with butter and jam before I headed off to footy training or cricket training.
Dinner was mostly pasta or stir-fry noodles… always with bread and some nights (not often enough for my liking) dessert with ice cream.
I’m sure that reads fairly familiarly to you as well doesn’t it?
To be honest that was considered pretty good eating too back in the 80s and 90s. My parents were both very fit and still are to this day (Mum still fits into her leotard) and they always set an example for us kids that eating well should always be a priority.
They believed they were feeding us really well and to be honest – based on the information they had back then, it all lined up with Food Pyramid didn’t it!
They were doing a great job on paper!
But A LOT has changed since the 80s and 90s.
For me to eat like that now every single day would mean that I’d be the size of a mini-bus… even with the fact that I train really hard nearly every day of the week.
There is no way that I could offset that amount of carbohydrate intake through exercise without getting fat.
That may or may not shock you to read?
Forget the calories, if I consumed the exact diet I was having as a 14-15 year old as per the above (regardless of how healthy it was considered to be back then) – I would be very overweight!
I don’t want to make this email about me – I’m just trying to circumnavigate an important point for you to grasp.
So what I’m almost saying is that the way I used to eat is not healthy.
Even though the food I was eating “technically” was healthy. Which might read a little confusingly.
I believe that people are asking themselves the wrong question 9 times out of 10 when they decide what they are going to have for breakfast lunch and dinner.
“Is this healthy?” is the wrong question to ask.
So what’s the right question to ask then??
“Is this the right type of food for my body type” is the right question to ask.
The problem with question #2 (the right question to ask) is that most people are walking around with NO IDEA what the right type of food for them is.
Which is a significant reason why most people are overweight!
They don’t know what pattern of meals their body responds really well to.
It’s got nothing to do with whether your diet is “healthy” in the traditional sense. What was considered to be and still is in some circles “healthy foods”- doesn’t serve many/most of us as well as we previously thought.
What is key to understand (healthy food aside) is actually whether your body type/genetic make-up is best set up to process that particular food type or food pattern.
That is the real question you need to answer for yourself!
So looping back to my House of Carbs…
If you are reading this right now and you can grab a fist full of fat on either your:
- Love Handles
- Mid Upper Back - you might want to ask a colleague to assist you with this one ;)
You are eating too many carbs for your body type.
Most people eat way too many “unconscious” carbs for their genetic make-up.
I use the word unconscious because that’s what most people do… they’re not always aware of it.
I have a great example, which highlights the gap between how many carbs we think we eat and how many carbs we actually eat.
I spoke with a client during the week last week and first consultation we always go through how they are currently eating – that way I can develop a strategy for them based on where they’re at right now.
My client said she was carrying most of her fat around her stomach and hips which are the “insulin sites” on the body and inversely linked to carb intake (generally).
When I asked if she was eating a lot of carbs she replied with “not really, I hardly eat any carbs… that’s the thing I don’t understand!?”
To which I replied “ok well lets jump into how your eating then… lets start with breakfast - what do you have for breakfast?”
Her reply was….. “Oats with Chobani yoghurt and berries”
Note: Oats are carbs, chobani yoghurt is full or sugar
She went on to talk about sushi rolls for lunch and crackers with hummus in the arvo and rice with dinner.
She actually thought she didn’t have a Carb-Heavy Diet… (??)
In her mind she felt like she wasn’t really eating many carbs yet her diet is majority carbohydrates and a huge contributing factor as to why she’s speaking to me about needing to lose the 8kgs that’s crept on in the past 12 months.
I think it actually stems A LOT from this legacy affect from our carb-filled childhood.
We (in a general sense) all eat too many carbs too often and genetically we do not thrive in a high carb environment – unless “thriving” to you means getting fatter.
This is true of most people who have evolved ancestrally from a northern European background.
You’ll find as a general rule that the closer your ancestral line can be linked to the equator the higher your tolerance for carbs will be.
If you’re from Kashmir for instance chances are you have a VERY high tolerance for carbohydrates for example. Your diet could be almost exclusively carbohydrate based and you’d be ok.
But if you’re not lucky enough to possess Kashmiri DNA and your more from European origins then generally speaking you’ll thrive and have better composition on a lower carb approach/diet.
It’s all about discovering what the right type of meal pattern is for you though – that’s the key.
Once you understand that then it’s really just up to you to execute on.
That’s a huge part of the puzzle I solve for all my clients and what we try and get to as quickly as possible for you:
What is the pattern of meals that your body responds
REALLY WELL TOO?
If you’re not sure what that is then lets set up a time to have a chat!
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