Carbs Are King

It’s high time that pro­tein was de­throned as the ul­ti­mate fat-fight­ing macro

Men's Health (Australia) - - HEALTH -

The OLD rule Pick­ing up a plate of meat and eggs the minute you drop your dumb­bells is the ul­ti­mate fat­burn­ing fin­isher move. Carbs? No thanks – they’ll only bulk you out. The NEW rule Carbs are like a steady pay cheque: the more you rely on them, the greater you’ll strug­gle in their ab­sence. The body can adapt to a carb-free diet, but it’s rarely sus­tain­able and, for those of us un­will­ing to com­mit to a life of monk­ish ab­sti­nence, not con­ducive to our fat-loss goals. “If you cut carbs com­pletely, the body pro­duces less of the thy­roid hor­mone T3, which is cru­cial to your me­tab­o­lism,” ex­plains Chris Wal­ton, body trans­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist at Em­body Fit­ness. “We en­cour­age our clients to take most of their carbs af­ter ex­er­cise, when the body is re­spon­sive to re­stock­ing its mus­cle and liver glyco­gen.” Al­low your sys­tem to re­main de­pleted, how­ever, and it will break down mus­cle mass – in ef­fect, burn­ing through your bi­ceps in­stead of your belly. If you’ve been a bit un­der it at work, this is dou­bly im­por­tant. “Cor­ti­sol in­creases on a low-carb diet,” says Zolkiewicz. “Com­bined with poor sleep and hard train­ing, it’s a recipe for adrenal burnout.” Its symp­toms? Low en­ergy and ab­dom­i­nal weight gain. We’re not sug­gest­ing pro­tein doesn’t play a vi­tal part in main­tain­ing mus­cle mass, just that nu­tri­tion doesn’t start and end with whey-pro­tein shakes and skin­less chicken. Now, pass us the spuds, would you?


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