Think you have to cut out carbs to lose fat? Well, think again babes, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, carbs can actually help you on your fat loss journey!
Cutting out carbs often leads to more harm than good such as low energy, poor digestion, hormone imbalances and low mood — all things that we don’t want to experience when on a fitness journey. I know it can be super confusing with so much misinformation out there - but I promise, you can eat carbs AND drop body fat!
Let’s leave demonizing carbs in 2021… Here are 5 reasons eating carbs will actually help you lose fat!
1. Complex carbs regulates your appetite
One of the biggest factors when it comes to weight loss is the ability to regulate your appetite. If you're super hungry all the time, you’re going to find it super difficult sticking to your healthy eating, and likely will end up eating a lot more.
Complex carbohydrates contain fibre. Fibre has an amazing ability to reduce appetite by keeping you fuller for longer. This is because fibre slows down digestion, keeping you feeling satisfied.
Plus, fibre is a prebiotic which feeds the good bacteria (probiotics) in your gut. Research has shown there is a super strong link between healthy gut bacteria and weight loss through its effects of metabolism. What’s not to love about that!
2. Helps you train harder
This is one of my FAV things about carbs. It’s well known that carbs are the primary fuel source for the body and brain, but something that's really important to remember is that carbs are stored in the form of glycogen in our muscles!
The glycogen in the muscles is what literally gives your muscles the ability to perform an exercise. Without enough muscle glycogen, you will struggle to perform each rep and you will be exercising at a significantly lower intensity.
Eating enough carbs gives your muscles the energy it needs so you can train your hardest, which will obviously help accelerate your fat loss!
3. Keeps cravings at bay
Struggle with cravings? It may just be because you’re not eating enough carbs. If you’re not eating enough carbs, your blood sugar levels may drop. This blood sugar drop often leads to intense cravings as it's your body’s way of trying to increase blood sugar to an optimal level.
By including complex carbs at every meal, your blood sugar will be thanking you. In turn, your cravings will decrease and it will be easier for you to stay on track!
4. Assists with metabolic processes
We often talk about macros, but don’t forget that micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) play a role in fat loss as well!
Complex carbs contain an array of micronutrients such as magnesium, chromium, and B vitamins that helps fat loss in so many ways!
Magnesium is found in carb rich foods like bananas, brown rice and quinoa. Studies show that magnesium helps reduce body fat and waist circumference by helping regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Chromium, found in whole grain foods and fruits assist with weight loss through this same way.
B vitamins found in brown rice, fruits and vegetables, are needed to metabolize food. A well-functioning metabolism is the key to weight loss — which is why B vitamins are so important!
5. Keeps you compliant
We all know someone who has been on a ‘diet’ and is left feeling super irritable, angry, and maybe even on edge. This is why most people fall off the bandwagon.
The KEY to seeing results is being able to STICK to your healthy eating! It is scientifically shown that carbohydrates increase serotonin — which is your feel-good hormone!
High serotonin levels boosts your mood and makes you feel HAPPY! Eating carbs literally make you feel good and this is what will make your ‘diet’ sustainable in the long term. If you're happy, you’ll stick with it and see better results in the end!
If you’re wanting to drop body fat, trust us, you CAN enjoy carbs and still lose weight! THOUSANDS of #LSFbabes across the globe have achieved EPIC fat loss results from our LSF meal plans, which include carbs in every meal!
With LSF, you get to eat pizza, pasta, french toast, pancakes, enchiladas… NO food is off-limits. After all, everything can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet!
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I hope to help you more on your fat loss journey — can’t wait to see you all when SHRED & SHAPE begins soon!