Reset Carb Overload

Keeping health progress moving forward is all about having systems in place to course correct missteps. One of the most common missteps is overeating carbs. Overeat > feel stuffed and bloated > low energy/brain fog > more poor decisions > back to the starting line. Breaking free from this cycle is crucial and here's are 4 tools to help you do it: Fasting, extended carb restriction, sweat and exercise. There are two key reasons why: 1. Carbs are energy and future carb consumption should be AFTER you have exerted enough energy to use up your initial carb intake. Otherwise, any future carbs consumed are stored as fat. Fasting and extended carb restriction allow your body to burn up the carbs consumed and begin burning fat stores as fuel. 2. The body retains 2-3g of water for every 1g of carb consumed. This means that not only are you stuffed from what you just ate, but your body is also holding on to a TON of water, adding to overall bloating. Giving your body time to pee and sweat out this water is such an important tool. You have to let your body return to baseline before bombarding it with more carbs. Exercise accelerates the burning of stored carbs (glycogen) and sweating accelerates the release of retained water. Practical Protocol: Let's say you overeat carbs at dinner. The next morning should include a combination of fasted exercise and carb restriction. Breakfast or lunch can include protein and fat, but you just don't need carbs if you overdid it less than 24 hours ago. It's as simple as that.

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Carbs are the most commonly overeaten macronutrient. Here are a few reasons why that's true and how you can mitigate the damage to stay moving towards your health goals.

  1. Carbs are the least satiating macro
  2. Carbs encourage water retention in the body