Cutting out carbs versus cutting out fats is a hotly debated subject in the nutrition world. Experts seem to be split into two different groups; one group villainizing fats as the key to bad health, and the other stating that carbs and sugars need to be cut out completely for real results. Today, we’re showing you how the answer is actually so much simpler than it seems.
With different opinions on the subject, come loads of different diets focusing on these specific nutrients, all which claim to be the best. Atkins, Cambridge, Paleo, Keto, the list is never ending. If you’d like to read our take on these topics, simply look here.
Firstly, let’s look at fats and their function in our bodies. Eating more fat and lower carbohydrates means you will be lowering your insulin levels and increasing your glucagon levels. The changing levels of these two hormones simply means you are allowing your body to enter fat burning mode. This is great if your goal is to change body composition, for example by decreasing your body fat percentage.
On the flipside, increasing carbohydrate intake will increase your power output and performance. Remember, better workout performance means you will see faster changes in your body.
So what do we do, now that we know that we need both nutrients for optimal results?
Quite simply, the days you are training or working out you should increase your carbohydrate intake to aid performance. On non-training days you should start eating more healthy fats-avocado, salmon, chia seeds and olive oil, to name a few-to increase fat burning and improve recovery. That way, you are getting the best of both worlds.
This ability to switch between different fuel sources is called metabolic flexibility. Effectively, switching between using fat or carbs is a good thing for your body to be able to do, and do well.