You DON’T Need Carbohydrates For Energy

Of all the nutrition and fitness misconceptions I hear, the following statement may be the most ridiculous:

“I need Carbohydrates for Energy”

If that’s the case, how did we survive and thrive as hunter gatherers on less than 80g of carbohydrates per day?  While still managing to chase down a wild boar, climb a tree to escape a pack of wolves, walk 5 miles and back to gather fresh water, and gather sticks and logs to build a shelter?

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Perhaps we subconsciously heard it in an advertisement, or maybe we took a look at our government food pyramid, but for whatever reason, we’ve all been trained to respond to any mention of cutting carbs with this rehearsed answer.

The reality is, humans are not meant to consume an abundant amount of carbohydrates. Not only because our daily activity is less than the Hunter-Gatherer, but because there is no dietary requirement for them!

“The lower limit of dietary carbohydrate compatible with life apparently is zero, provided that adequate amounts of protein and fat are consumed.” Institute of Medicine (2002)

Carbohydrates supply NONE of the elements necessary to build or repair tissue in the body, and provide no ‘essential’ component. As if our body is ever desperate for energy, it is perfectly capable of making it’s own glucose through gluconeogenesis.  And realistically, it’s perfectly happy breaking down stored fat.

Which other than being a significantly larger tank that (despite conventional thinking) does a MUCH better job feeding the brain, results in significant fat loss.

Or to put it another way:

Those who USE the fat, LOSE the fat.

Stay Lean!
Coach Mike


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