3 Ways Carbohydrates Can Make You Fat

by Jayson Hunter, RD, CSCS on July 20, 2009 · 0 comments

By Jayson Hunter, RD, CSCS


“The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life.”


 – Albert Einstein


Can carbohydrates make you fat? Are carbohydrates essential for fueling the body and having it run efficiently? Do I need to watch my intake of carbohydrates to prevent fat storage?


The answer to all 3 questions is…Yes!


So what does all this mean? Am I not to eat carbs or am I supposed to eat carbs? How many carbs should I eat? What types?


The entire carbohydrate  craze has gone from one extreme to the other and back again. It’s no wonder you may be confused, frustrated, mad or all of the above.


There is a ton of information flying around and much of it is garbage. Here are the facts about carbs:

  1. Your body can store all carbs as fat when the muscles and the liver are already full of glycogen . So if you continuously eat a high carbohydrate diet this can lead to increased fat storage.Also, you can store more of your carb calories as fat when you eat too many processed and refined carbs. The key is to consume moderate carbs and choose carbs that have at least 2 grams of fiber per serving. This will help control insulin spikes, which leads us to number 2. 
  2. Eating too many carbs at one sitting without enough other nutrients to counteract its effect will cause insulin spikes , which then triggers your body’s fat storing mechanisms. This is why I suggest you eat whole grain carbs, vegetables and fruits with skin when possible because they will provide good sources of fiber to help control these insulin spikes.Also, make sure you balance your carb intake with lean protein to further counteract the effects of carbs in the body in regards to elevating your insulin levels.
  3. Through a process known as de novo lipogenesis  your body can directly increase fat storage by converting carbohydrates to fat. So I will reiterate…eat whole grain, high fiber carbs as well as lean protein to control blood sugar rise, which then controls insulin spikes and helps prevent you from storing carb calories as fat.


To summarize…you do need carbs. Your body does need carbs to function properly and maintain optimal efficiency. The body doesn’t need as many carbs as we feed it though. It also doesn’t need the refined flours and process carbs we have become accustomed to eating.


As we have gotten lazier and our lives have become busier we tend to lean towards convenient foods and they are usually not the healthiest choices.


We have consumed too much of those foods and then blamed it all on carbs as to why we are fat. They do play a part as I describe above, but they are not the main culprit.


About the Author: Jayson Hunter RD, CSCS is a registered dietician, weight management expert and personal trainer.  His nutritional programs have helped hundreds of clients successfully lose weight and create permanent lifestyle changes.  To discover the 5 absolute truths Every Serial Dieter Who Seeks Rapid-Weight loss MUST come to grips with visit The Carb Rotation Diet. 


[Editor’s Comments:  So I guess that clear it up! Carbs are not as bad as people make them out to be. You just have to focus on eating a moderate amount of the right types of carbs (whole-grains, fruits and vegetables) with other food sources…especially lean proteins.


Also, don’t forget to stay away form refined flours, processed foods and simple sugars.


For a pretty simple nutrition plan, check out Jayson’s Carb Rotation Diet program. I uploaded a special page just for The Healthy Minute readers where you can download 5 of Jayson’s Special Reports absolutely free. Click the link below to check them out:


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We hope you have a better understanding of the role carbs play in your body’s ability to gain fat. If you learned something new, or a thought you’d like to share, please leave us a Comment.]


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