Nutrition

Saturated Fat vs. Carbs

Which one of the two is the real culprit?

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Saturated Fat vs. Carbs

I am sure most of you are familiar with the common belief that saturated fatty acids are the culprit of obesity and cardiovascular diseases. I am also sure most of you are familiar with the low-carbohydrate craze that flooded the media years ago due to the Atkins Diet.

Dr. Atkins’ ideas were definitely outside of the box, and while not perfect, they were on the right track. The recommended diet for optimal health, according to the original USDA food pyramid from 1992, is very low fat, low protein and high carbohydrate. As we know, if this diet was truly nutritionally sound, we wouldn’t be facing such a high obesity epidemic at present. It is pretty clear that the nutritional food pyramid is grossly outdated and the public needs to be accurately educated on proper nutrition.

In actuality, high carbohydrate consumption is undeniably the explanation for the growing number of people diagnosed with diabetes, high triglycerides, hypertension, and obesity. People need to understand that carbohydrates are not nutritionally essential for survival. Amino acids and fatty acids are mandatory for initiating actions such as:

  • Tissue repair
  • Immune function
  • Cellular integrity
  • Hair, skin, and nail growth
  • Brain function
  • Heart health

BACK IN THE DAY PEOPLE SURVIVED OFF OF PROTEIN AND FATS

For the typical desk-job citizen who performs minimal daily activity, getting rid of carbohydrates in place of high quality, grass-fed red meat, pastured eggs, and imported European cheeses (cows are grass-fed in Europe) would be in their best interest.

As for extreme athletes, like marathon runners, football and basketball players, swimmers, and cyclists involved in high levels of activity, strategic carbohydrate consumption alongside saturated fats like unrefined coconut oils and MCT oils will be extremely advantageous for supplying adequate energy reserves for optimal performance.

For the weightlifters, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts’ who want muscular growth and low body fat levels, trading carbohydrates for saturated fats will be extremely conducive to the goal of attaining a muscular and lean physique.

Most people looking to gain muscle and burn body fat train in the low to medium rep range consisting of 6–12 repetitions. This will not require extreme amounts of glucose to effectively and efficiently perform. In fact, once you metabolically shift into relying on protein and fats as your primary energy substrates, you will be able to surprise yourself in the gym and become stronger without carbohydrates.

 

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