No beating around the bush today, wer'e diving straight in,
You ready ?
Here we go!
Your body predominantly uses one of the following as energy,
Glucose, aka stored carbohydrates.
We need carbohydrates (carbs) for energy, our muscles need them and so do our livers and our brains.
But how many carbs are too many and how do we get our bodies to use the ugly fat that just sits there, looking ugly as energy?
Lets back up a second...
Studies have shown that our bodies can store around 400g of carbs at any one time.
And once those stores (muscles and the liver) have filled up,
Any excess carbs we eat then spill over and get stored in our fat cells (fat cells will grow and grow and grow and have unlimited storage unlike the muscles and liver that have limited storage).
400g of carbs is around 1600 calories and most people are eating that just from carbs alone every single day.
Add in some protein, fat and alcohol to the mix and you have a daily average of around 2500-3000 calories.
If you don't already I dare you to track your calories EXACTLY (including finishing off the kids meals and everything you have at the weekend) just for one week, you'll be surprised at how many cals on average you're putting into your face on a daily basis.
Now consuming 1600 calories just from carbs wouldn't be a bad thing IF we we're using them as energy every single day (which is almost impossible unless you're an athlete or are training at very high intensity every single day for around 3-4 hours- again almost impossible).
If the average human is lucky they will burn around 800 calories (200g) of carbs per day,
Which means the other 200g are going to be stored as fat,
Every single day those 200g get stored as fat,
EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Now let's do some simple maths (complex maths were always beyond me at school) so you can see how easy it is for average Jo or Jane who lives a busy life commuting, working, commuting, parenting etc to pack on the unwanted lbs over time
1lb of fat is the equivalent to 3500 calories.
3500 calories divided by 4 (calories per gram in carbs) = 875g.
Based on the statement above (that the average human eats circa 400g carbs every day and burns 200g of carbs every day on average),
This would mean that 200g of carbs are left over which means they will then get stored as every day.
Which in English basically means that every 4-5 days you are laying down 1lb of fat IF you eat and live like the average human in the western world (busy life starting the day with cereal/toast with juice/squash/tea coffee with milk and sugar, mid morning snack of a wrapped bar/piece of fruit/biscuit/crisps lunch is a shop brought sandwich/pasta with another drink of juice/squash/tea coffee with milk and sugar, afternoon snack another bar of some kind or biscuit or piece of fruit and the evening meal is something like pasta or potatoes or chips with vegetables and meat/fish of some kind, not forgetting the odd glass or bottle of something exotic in the evening before a handful of sweet things before bed).
I'll say it again,
Every 4-5 days the average human being in the western world is laying down 1lb of fat.
That's a fact, accept it so we can move on to Part 2 which is the best bit:
HOW to use that stored fat (however much you have) as energy so you can look and feel lean, toned, strong, energetic and healthy.
Click here to read part 2.