We count our calories, and we look at the amount of fat. How many of us look at the carbs? In the past, fat always seemed like the enemy. Nutritional Scientists are blaming the high amount of starch and sugar in our diets to high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hyper tension.
“Fat is not the problem,” says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases (source).”
These high amounts of carbs are causing people to become insulin resistant. They become diabetic as a result of their diets. Our culture is even more at risk for these diseases due to the high amounts of fillers in foods. Corn and soy have become some of the leading food fillers. Since these foods are cheap to grow and easy to harvest they have become the best way to stretch products and ensure the consumer feels satisfied.
The average American consumes 250-300 grams per day. This may not shock many but to those of us in the fitness community it is almost double what we tell our clients to eat. If you are looking to loose weight and get lean. I recommend a carbohydrate intake of between 150- 200 grams per day. This is also dependent on your size and your gender. If you watch your intake you will lose weight and also have more energy.
In order to get lean and lose weight make sure you are eating enough protein. Eat a serving of veggies at each meal to fill you up. Get plenty of fiber. Add a protein shake to your daily routine. Exercise to stabilize your blood sugar. Focus on what you are consuming.
These fit tips have the ability to keep you on track. Use them to get to your goals quick!