Why Do We Get Fat?
Over the past ten plus years, I have heard the saying "Carbs make you fat", but I didn't know why until I read the book by Gary Taubes, "Why We Get Fat, And What To Do About It?"
But is it true?
According to the research in the book, insulin makes us fat, but carbs control insulin production.
The answer is both yes and no. Merely ingesting carbohydrates doesn’t necessarily lead to weight gain. However, by eating carbohydrate-rich foods, we significantly influence the sensitive mechanism that controls our body's production of insulin.
Insulin is a hormone responsible for the recycling of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also tells our bodies to store energy in the form of fatty tissue.
When we eat carbs, our blood sugar spikes as glucose, the broken-down form of carbohydrates, and hits our bloodstream. Insulin is then released to try to regulate our blood-sugar levels. The more carbs you’ve ingested, the more insulin your body produces. Unfortunately, the higher the insulin level, the more your body sends signals that lead to the formation of fatty deposits.
So carbohydrates aren’t solely responsible for making you fat. However, the release of insulin triggered by consuming carbs does influence your body’s accumulation of fat.
Therefore, next time you want to gorge on a plate of french fries or a big bowl of pasta, think twice about how it will affect your blood sugar levels. As most of you know, I am a lover of pasta and if you are also, to keep your weight down, try cutting down your portion sizes and filling your plate up with greens instead. The other thing I have been doing is switching to spelt pasta, avoiding calorie ridden meat sauces and opting for fresh vegetable sauces, which are delicious.
To discover more about the effects of carbohydrates on your body, and to learn why our ancestors didn’t suffer from diabetes, read the book review from Goodreads here. Gary Taubes has also written a book, “The Case Against Sugar,” which is another great read.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.