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Why Carbs?

Carbohydrates, it isn’t latin for ‘Foods you should avoid’…..

A common misconception in the world of fat loss and aesthetics is that the only way to burn fat and get shredded is to cut down body carbohydrate.

Here are three reasons carbohydrates should be included in your daily foods.

1) Increased fat loss

A common concept in the fitness world is that decreased or no carbohydrate consumption will force the body to burn body fat instead. Whilst this can be true especially in the initial stages the body will detect this and attempt to remain efficient by decreasing your metabolic rate (the amount of energy your body burns at rest). In other words the body responds to a decrease in available carbohydrate by improving its own efficiency and burning less fat. The other side of this is that it will discourage muscle growth as the body will not want to waste the energy it takes to build and maintain muscle when it’s worried about available energy.

2) Improved Performance

Glycogen is a chain of sugars that the body can store in the muscles to be utilised as readily available energy. Decreased carbohydrate consumption decreases the levels of glycogen stored in the muscle. The absence of glycogen requires the body to rely more heavily on more complex sources of energy therefore more time and energy is required to create energy. This can lead to decrease in strength, speed and recovery as well as leaving you feeling depleted during exercise.

3) Improved mental health

There is a hormone in the body called Serotonin. This hormone is responsible for making you feel happy as well as managing stress levels. High levels of serotonin release have been proven to decrease anxiety levels, decrease stress and manage depression.

Carbohydrates from good sources at appropriate intakes should be an essential in any training regimen to prevent metabolic damage, maintain a high metabolic rate, manage blood sugar levels, and improve mood and performance.

To determine the appropriate source and intake stay tuned for future videos or speaks to your coaches at RBT for more information.

Cheers guys!

Frank ‘Carbaholic’ Bartone

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2 Comments

  1. Kaleb Lourensz 3 years ago

    I enjoyed the video, and appreciated your perspective on carbohydrates.

    Although I’m not a sports scientist or dietician, I am a doctor and have some understanding of the physiology of energy production and consumption.

    There are a few points you made that I can’t really agree with (for example point number 3), and would be more convincing if you referenced literature from peer reviewed journals to give credibility to your statements.

    Other things you say make sense, but I have found the opposite to be true in my own diet – when I have eaten a lot of carbs after being on a very low carb diet I did not ‘balloon’ out at all, but rather continued losing body fat % the entire time despite multiple ‘carb binges’. Also, when I was training hard while eating very low carbs with weekly/bi weekly carb binges I had a dramatic decrease in body fat percentage while maintaining muscle growth.

    I understand different people will have different reactions to different diets, which is the reason high quality prospective cohort/randomised studies need to be quoted to give credibility beyond anecdotal experience of you, your colleagues or even lecturers.

    Regards, and keep up the interesting videos,

    Kaleb

    • Nik Stagno Navarra 3 years ago

      Hi Kaleb,

      Thank you for the comment and appreciate the feedback.

      More then happy to discuss this with you on a 1:1 basis should you wish to, would love to hear your perspective even more!

      Great to hear about your own personal results, yes you are right, everyone achieves results and responds in different ways. We could always expand and discuss caloric deficit, metabolic precision and metabolic typing when it comes to your body’s response to carbs, but will save those for a later date.

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for watching!

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Why Carbs?

Carbohydrates, it isn’t latin for ‘Foods you should avoid’…..

A common misconception in the world of fat loss and aesthetics is that the only way to burn fat and get shredded is to cut down body carbohydrate.

Here are three reasons carbohydrates should be included in your daily foods.

1) Increased fat loss

A common concept in the fitness world is that decreased or no carbohydrate consumption will force the body to burn body fat instead. Whilst this can be true especially in the initial stages the body will detect this and attempt to remain efficient by decreasing your metabolic rate (the amount of energy your body burns at rest). In other words the body responds to a decrease in available carbohydrate by improving its own efficiency and burning less fat. The other side of this is that it will discourage muscle growth as the body will not want to waste the energy it takes to build and maintain muscle when it’s worried about available energy.

2) Improved Performance

Glycogen is a chain of sugars that the body can store in the muscles to be utilised as readily available energy. Decreased carbohydrate consumption decreases the levels of glycogen stored in the muscle. The absence of glycogen requires the body to rely more heavily on more complex sources of energy therefore more time and energy is required to create energy. This can lead to decrease in strength, speed and recovery as well as leaving you feeling depleted during exercise.

3) Improved mental health

There is a hormone in the body called Serotonin. This hormone is responsible for making you feel happy as well as managing stress levels. High levels of serotonin release have been proven to decrease anxiety levels, decrease stress and manage depression.

Carbohydrates from good sources at appropriate intakes should be an essential in any training regimen to prevent metabolic damage, maintain a high metabolic rate, manage blood sugar levels, and improve mood and performance.

To determine the appropriate source and intake stay tuned for future videos or speaks to your coaches at RBT for more information.

Cheers guys!

Frank ‘Carbaholic’ Bartone

2 Comments

  1. Kaleb Lourensz 3 years ago

    I enjoyed the video, and appreciated your perspective on carbohydrates.

    Although I’m not a sports scientist or dietician, I am a doctor and have some understanding of the physiology of energy production and consumption.

    There are a few points you made that I can’t really agree with (for example point number 3), and would be more convincing if you referenced literature from peer reviewed journals to give credibility to your statements.

    Other things you say make sense, but I have found the opposite to be true in my own diet – when I have eaten a lot of carbs after being on a very low carb diet I did not ‘balloon’ out at all, but rather continued losing body fat % the entire time despite multiple ‘carb binges’. Also, when I was training hard while eating very low carbs with weekly/bi weekly carb binges I had a dramatic decrease in body fat percentage while maintaining muscle growth.

    I understand different people will have different reactions to different diets, which is the reason high quality prospective cohort/randomised studies need to be quoted to give credibility beyond anecdotal experience of you, your colleagues or even lecturers.

    Regards, and keep up the interesting videos,

    Kaleb

    • Nik Stagno Navarra 3 years ago

      Hi Kaleb,

      Thank you for the comment and appreciate the feedback.

      More then happy to discuss this with you on a 1:1 basis should you wish to, would love to hear your perspective even more!

      Great to hear about your own personal results, yes you are right, everyone achieves results and responds in different ways. We could always expand and discuss caloric deficit, metabolic precision and metabolic typing when it comes to your body’s response to carbs, but will save those for a later date.

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for watching!

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