All bodies are not created equal. We all know someone who can eat and drink lots yet not put on any weight. These people defy the laws of calories and weight gain.
The way your body processes sugars and starches determines whether you build or burn fat easily. There are lucky ones that have faster rate of metabolizing the foods they eat. A major factor on how fast a person transforms the foods they eat into weight is carbohydrate sensitivity.
Some people are able to handle high levels of carbohydrates without any problem and without gaining any weight. However, that same high level of carbohydrate can push a carbs sensitive person over into insulin resistance.
Insulin is the hormone responsible of regulating the glucose levels in the blood. Normally, when a person consumes a high glycemic index carbohydrates, your blood sugar begins to rise. Your body will release insulin to bring back down the sudden increase of blood sugar.
High glycemic index carbs includes corn syrup, Brown sugar, fruit juice concentrates, all kinds of flour, wheat, oat, legume, cereals, oatmeal, instant oatmeal, white rice, polished rice, and instant rice, and refined starches-such as corn starch, potato starch, modified food starch–essentially any powdered ingredient with the word “starch” in it.
When carb-sensitive people eat these types of food, they experience a spike in their blood sugar. To aid processing the excess blood sugar, their bodies also release extra insulin.
The excess in blood sugar first go to cells that might need it. Then, the presence of insulin instructs your body to halt burning fat, and begin burning your blood sugar. During this scenario, even if you have a lot of excess body fats that you could be burning for energy, sweets and starches is the priority thus they will be burned instead. This is the ultimate formula to weight gain, or if chronically mismanaged, this will lead to obesity.
Worst case scenario for long term mismanaged carbs sensitivity is Type 2 Diabetes. This is an indication that your body has been pushed to its limits. Carbohydrate sensitivity tends to worsen over the years, as the body’s system for handling sweets and starches gradually wears out.
Carb-sensitive individuals will struggle to lose or maintain weight on a high-carb calorie-controlled diet. Therefore, the key to weight loss is to figure out what is best for your body.
This is why detailed and custom to the individual plans are so important.
Some will benefit from a small decrease in carbs, whilst others need a larger reduction to experience the benefits.
Carbohydrate-sensitive people have extreme responses to sugars and starches. Primary symptoms includes increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, and very efficient fat storage.
All bodies have different abilities to handle carbohydrate. As such, there is no specific carbohydrate level that will be best for everyone. You may find that customizing your diet to suit your carb needs will greatly help a carb sensitive individual’s weight loss goals.
Having a personalized meal plan will not just speed up fat loss but it will also increase the person’s energy levels, mental processes and overall wellbeing.
This can also lead to a reversal of the metabolism where you can slowly increase your carbohydrate intake and be less sensitive to the foods. Ill be sure to tackle how we can do this in my next blog!
Are you carb sensitive? How many carbs can you eat per day without gaining extra weight? Comment below!
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