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The Importance of Carbs by Oscar Martinez



Carbohydrates are our bodies main source of energy. The carbohydrate is stored as glycogen which is then converted into glucose in order to be used as energy (ATP). Glycogen itself stores water and obviously plays a role in our overall body composition/water weight & water rentention. When this energy substrate is depleted and the body is deprived of it, it’s forced to find other means of energy so we don’t die. Why? Carbs (CHO) are used in an energy system called the Krebs cycle, with the absence of adequate CHO an accumulation of acetylene-CoA causes a back up and the body is forced to convert it into Ketones. The absence of glucose causes the body to start utilizing fat stores by making it undergo a process called beta oxidation (good to an extent) where they get turned into acetyl-CoA and then into ketones, which the body uses for energy.


Fat, although high in calories (energy), is not a long lasting source and is expended quickly. Ketones also make the body highly acidic as the PH level drops within our body. Aside from all this, when you lose weight via “low-carb” or “Keto” you’re going to lose weight fast! (Not always a good thing in terms of health).


As most of the weight lost will be from skeletal muscle glycogen, water, some fat and lean body mass. So when you stop the diet and you begin to eat normally again (eat carbs again), you will gain it back and then some, sitting at a heavier BF% than you were before due to having less lean body mass. The reason this happens is because your body will see that you added carbs back in, begin converting it to glucose and then glycogen to be stored in muscle cells.


Glycogen will then hold onto water, adding to the weight gain. The extra calories eaten during this period will also result in fat deposition from the excess calories. So, In the end you need to choose a diet or way of eating that fits your lifestyle and goals. BUT, you can acheive your goals with a simple caloric deficit, regular exercise and small changes to eating habits.


carbohydrate is stored as glycogen which is then converted into glucose in order to be used as energy (ATP). Glycogen itself stores water and obviously plays a role in our overall body composition/water weight & water rentention. When this energy substrate is depleted and the body is deprived of it, it’s forced to find other means of energy so we don’t die. Why? Carbs (CHO) are used in an energy system called the Krebs cycle, with the absence of adequate CHO an accumulation of acetylene-CoA causes a back up and the body is forced to convert it into Ketones. The absence of glucose causes the body to start utilizing fat stores by making it undergo a process called beta oxidation (good to an extent) where they get turned into acetyl-CoA and then int calories (energy), is not a long lasting source and is expended quickly. Ketones also make the body highly acidic as the PH level drops within our body. Aside from all this, when you lose weight via “low-carb” or “Keto” you’re going to lose weight fast! (Not always a good thing in terms of health). As most of the weight lost will be from skeletal muscle glycogen, water, some fat and lean body mass. So when you stop the diet and you begin to eat normally again (eat carbs again), you will gain it back and then some, sitting at a heavier BF% than you were before due to having less lean body mass. The reason this happens is because your body will see that you added carbs back in, begin converting it to glucose and then glycogen to be stored in muscle cells. muscle cells.



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