We all initiate our health and fitness journey with the thought of "if I eat fats, I will gain weight. However, in the last couple of years, a huge spike has come about carbohydrates being the bad ones. After reading this blog, you will take away how we gain weight, why fats and carbohydrates are not bad ones.
Why do we gain weight? Let's think about it like this; calories in and calories out. As an individual if we consume 2000 calories a day and our body only uses 1800 calories a day. Then, those extra 200 calories will be store fatty acids. It does not matter if those extra calories were fats, carbohydrates, or proteins. Any of them will be store as fat sure protein can be store in the liver, only a small about will be store in the liver. The rest will still be stored as fatty acids.
So why is everyone saying "stay away from carbs, that's what makes you gain weight?". The reason being is because carbs are found in almost everything and are most often the tastiest. Cheesecake, chocolate, ice cream, etc. all carbs. If they are found in most foods, you are most likely to overeat these foods which will eventually lead to eating more calories than your body uses.
But then why stay away from fats? Fats have higher amounts of calories per gram. One gram of fat equals nine calories. Protein in the other hand is takes more energy to break down which is less likely to store as fat but it is possible. Here is a break down of calories found per gram in each macronutrient.
Fat = 9 calories/gram
Carbohydrate = 4 calories/gram
Protein = 4 calories/gram
In the end, all macronutrients will make you gain weight. It all comes down to the quantity of each macronutrient you are consuming! So what's the best diet plan to follow. I am going to the bad guy here and tell you that there is no such thing as the best diet. The best diet is the one that you like the most and can follow for long periods of time. If you like carbohydrates stay away from ketogenic diets.
Sure you might lose 30 pounds in 8 weeks but look at the bigger picture there is 52 weeks in a year and 8 weeks is not much. So for the other 44 weeks, you will eventually consume carbohydrates and your body weight will go back to where you started. Falling into a Yo-Yo diet allowing you to fluctuate your eating habits. Drastic weight loss> gain weight> weight loss> gain weight> and so on.
At last look at the calories, not the macronutrients but also note that not all calories are created equal. Click here to read our previous blog to further explain this concept.