We all know that eating too many carbs can make you fat, right? If you didn’t, well..that’s a whole other article.
Assuming that you already know that eating too many carbs can make you fat, you do know that there are good carbs (complex – fruits) and bad carbs (simple/refined – white flour, white rice, white sugar, etc.), right?
What I didn’t know is you not only must look at what type and how many carbs you eat, but you must look at when you do eat your carbs. In other words, even eating too many carbs that are good for you can make you fat! As if life wasn’t hard enough!
You must not eat too many carbs in one sitting.
Not knowing this very important piece of information can mean the difference between failure or success.
What prompted me to write this article was after I experienced some sort of an epiphamy. As many of you know, I have been struggling to drop 20 pounds for the last 4 years. I would exercise like a madman and I burned ALOT of calories!
My point is, it’s not that i wasn’t doing the exercise, but it was what I was eating. I was starting to track my food thinking it would keep me from staying away from the junk. But being an emotional eater, I would get those cravings and before I knew it, I was munching on those mini snickers or having a handful (or two) of my favorite…peanut m&m’s. In my mind, I would be thinking of what a great workout I did and that I DESERVED to eat it. I convinced myself that I was still burning calories from my workout even while I was popping the m&m’s or eating a delicious concrete turtle.
Here’s my shameless plug. Since I started doing the maxworkouts, I’m learning so much about diet! Yah, I know I’ve heard this stuff before….but somehow, the way it’s written, it’s all making sense to me.
The author’s name Shin Ohtake and he was a competitive athlete who studied biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. He then received his doctorate in chiropractic medicine specializing in the connection of the body’s nervous system to weight loss and bodybuilding.
I took the time to read his short PDF booklet about all sorts of different things (like why grains are bad for you and a whole section on how too many carbs are bad for you) but included in that booklet is a food tracker. Very simple. You track what you eat but you must also track the grams of protein, carbs and fat. Okay, I already knew that (kind of) but what I love about this information is I found out EXACTLY HOW MANY grams I can eat at one time.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what too many carbs can do to you.
- 300 grams or more per day = Obesity and chronic diseases.
- 200-300 grams per day = Steady weight gain (this is where I was).
- 150-200 grams per day = You’re at the tail end of weight management and beginning of weight gain.
- 100-150 grams per day = Bodyweight maintenance.
- 50-100 grams per day = Steady weight loss.
- 0-50 grams per day = Agressive fat burning and weight loss. Your body goes into a state of Ketosis. This is hard to maintain.
According to my personal situation, my ideal daily caloric intake to lose weight is 1468 calories (I don’t want to go below that for risk of reducing my metabolism).
My MAXIMUM TOTAL daily macronutrient requirements are:
- Protein – 112 grams
- Carbs – 100 grams
- Fat – 62 grams
Okay, so that’s about as far as I have gone in the past. But I now know that I should never go over a certain amount in one meal/snack! This is very important because your body can only tolerate so much in one sitting.
With that said, here is my maximum broken into 3 meals and 2 snacks:
MEAL(3 a day):
- Protein – 24 grams
- Carbs – 29 grams
- Fat – 15 grams
SNACKS (2 a day):
- Protein – 20 grams
- Carbs – 6 grams
- Fat – 8 grams
For me, this information is quite priceless. For ideal and safe weight loss, I knew that a certain combination of food was ideal. But it was too hard for me to figure out. Now, I know when I’m having too many carbs and how to adjust accordingly. I have a ton more energy and I’m not as hungry.
Do you know if you are eating too many carbs in one sitting? It doesn’t matter if they are good carbs or not…if you are eating too many carbs at one time, you are not going to lose the weight!
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Oh, by the way…I’m down 12 pounds now and only have 8 more to go!
So if you are trying to lose weight, are exercising and are thinking you’re eating right….you very likely may find you are eating too many carbs at one time, too.
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