A Simple Carb-Cutoff for Weight Loss
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The hype around dieting today is all about carbs. South Beach, Atkins, and hundreds of other “weight loss miracles” that center their philosophy around carbohydrates, I think they all miss the bigger picture with hype and propaganda, but particularly reinforcing bad information.
The body needs carbs, plain and simple. They are the fuel for the fire to keep you alive, functioning – the energy that keeps you going through the day. The practice I’m going to preach today is a simple carb-cutoff. The philosophy behind carb-cutoffs is easy, you only need carbs when you will be expending energy. The best idea with carbs is have complex carbohydrates early in the morning, lunch, and an hour or two before a workout. That’s the only time the body truly benefits, and utilizes carbohydrates.
When a person is asleep their body uses energy, but very little. Many people like to snack on sugary goods, chips, cereal, and other carb-rich items before bedtime. This is the single most destructive force to any diet or weight loss regimen. To consume a large amount of energy, when the body will expend very little.
So how does someone defend against this force that works against us? Simple, select a time that fits a person’s lifestyle when they can start cutting off carbs. This doesn’t mean that they cannot eat ANY carbs after that specific time, but should try to keep carbs to a minimum. I’ve always liked to cut off carbs around 4 hours before I’ll be asleep, so if I went to bed at 11PM I would stop consuming carbs around 7PM. This gives the liver time to use the glucose that is in the blood, and not provide more energy when it won’t be used.
So what is the end result? Well, to sum all of this up – the body will have used most of the available glucose (or energy) in the liver within the 4 hours before bed, and when you go to bed the body will remain in an anabolic state (assuming protein is present, which is why cottage cheese is good before bed!) and will draw energy from fat stores, instead of what’s present in the liver!
But that’s not the biggest effect, the biggest contributor to a person’s failure is the body having so many carbs from a large snack before bed that the energy present in the body is not burned off, and stored as fat after they are sound asleep.
This article was written by IronGuru, a guest author on FatManUnleashed.com, with over 5 years experience in bodybuilding, fitness, nutrition, supplements and weight training. Stay tuned for more articles with tried and true methods for fat loss and training!