Carbohydrates and Weight Loss


A primary energy source for our bodies is carbohydrates. They have an important role in our diets but many people eat carbs in excess and gain weight. Most weight loss programs will have you reduce your carb intake. This helps avoid the fat buildup from high carbohydrate consumption and takes advantage of your body’s ability to burn fat.

What Are Carbohydrates, Anyway?

Carbohydrates are compounds that our bodies use as fuel. They’re found in foods like:

  • Sweets
  • Bread and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Milk and dairy products

When we eat these kinds of foods, our bodies convert carbohydrates into glucose, a sugar that’s the primary energy source for our cells. But when we don’t use all the glucose we take in, a hormone called insulin transports it to our fat cells for storage.

Insulin signals fat cells to take that sugar out of the blood, bring it into the fat cells, and convert it to fat where it’s now stuck.

carbohydrates and weight loss science diagram

How Fewer Carbs Can Help with Weight Loss

Many people eat far more carbs than they can use for energy. When we eat too many high-carbohydrate foods but stay inactive, we add sugar to our bodies faster than we can burn it off.

Reducing the number of carbs in your diet can help you prevent this gradual build-up of fat. But it also has another interesting effect.

According to weight loss specialist Dr. Ziltzer, our bodies don’t release as much insulin when we eat fewer carbohydrates. This signals the fat cells to start breaking down fatty acids for energy.

“As a result, we’re now using fat for fuel, and that’s how we lose weight. We use fat for our primary fuel source instead of all the sugar that we get in our diet,” Dr. Ziltzer says.

Most commercial diets focus on reducing carbohydrates to achieve this effect, but these diets are difficult to sustain.

Low Carbs with Medication

One of the hardest things about a low-carb diet is the cravings. With medical weight loss, your doctor can prescribe you medications that will suppress appetite. So you can lose weight without those cravings or hunger.

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