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The simple answer to this is ‘no’, but also yes. Let me explain.
Having been told for years that consuming fat makes you fat, the advice is now swinging the other way and carbohydrate is now being demonised. Carbs are the source of the nation’s obesity crisis.
So clients interested in weight loss ask me about cutting out or reducing their carb intake and whether this is the Holy Grail of weight loss.
Our bodies need carbohydrate. It is our preferred source of energy. Indeed, for short bursts of high intensity work (HIIT) it is the only fuel the body can use. We can burn fat on a long, slow run but not in a 100m sprint.
But when it comes to weight loss, calories are king. Weight loss science is simple. Burn more calories than you consume you’ll lose weight. In essence, it doesn’t matter what form those calories come in: protein, fat or carbs. If you’re not losing weight, you don’t have a calories deficit. End of story.
The main problem with carbs is that they are everywhere, and they make it very easy to create a calorie surplus. They are densely packed into cakes, biscuits, chocolate and most processed foods. These are foods which are low in volume, but high in calories.
So, get your carbs from sources which are the opposite: high in volume and low in calories. Fresh fruit and veg is an obvious choice. The point being that carbs themselves won’t make you fat. A surplus of anything will make you fat, its just very easy to over consume carbs in a world of sweet treats and processed foods.
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