This post will change the way you think about carbs, forever…

Scared of carbs?
Always on a low carb diet?
Keep ‘trying’ and failing at keto?
Believe that carbs make you fat?

This post is directly aimed at YOU!
I’m going to try and write this post with very little fluff and just facts.

Carbohydrates directly increase a hormone called Serotonin. Serotonin is know as our happy hormone. When you feel happy, this is the hormone that you are ‘feeling’.

Serotonin is directly connected to another hormone called Melatonin – this is our sleep hormone. When melatonin is elevated to certain levels, you will feel sleepy.

As a conclusion – When we eat carbohydrates, we literally become hormonally happier and if we eat a certain amount of carbs, this will induce sleep – also known as the ‘carb coma’.

Don’t believe me? Eat a bowl of pasta and try not to yawn within 60mins of eating it 😉

Science shows us that all hormones are linked and have knock on affects to one another. For example, in men, when you elevate testosterone we decrease oestrogen and when oestrogen is elevated, testosterone decreases.

The same principles apply with other hormones and one in particular, Cortisol – our stress hormone. Better referred to as our Stress & Energy hormone however.

We need cortisol for many bodily processes – it is essential for a healthy body. However, when cortisol rises too high, it can cause a negative effect. Think of Cortisol as The Hulk. The hulk, when its calm and normal, is Bruce Banner – a super clever scientist that helps the world.

Ok… i cant write a post without any fluff – sue me.

However, when Bruce Banner gets angry, it turns into this destructive beast. Cortisol is very similar in this sense. However, just like The Hulk, cortisol has an Achilles heal.
Betty Ross is Hulks Achilles heal.

When The Hulk is off going mental and destroying everything it shouldn’t, Betty comes a long, bats her eye lashes and The Hulk calms right down and turns back to Bruce Banner.

Betty Ross = Serotonin & Melatonin.

That’s right. Ironic huh!

Serotonin and Melatonin directly reduce cortisol.

Just think about this for a moment…

Serotonin and Melatonin directly reduce cortisol.

Serotonin and Melatonin are directly influenced by Carbohydrates.

Therefore, Carbohydrates directly lower stress and improve sleep. In fact, Carbs are the single quickest way for your body to reduce stress and improve sleep.

So, if you are on a low carb diet or a huge advocate keto – you may want to rethink things. The chances are your stress levels are significantly higher than if you consumed carbs.

Scared of carbs or think they will make you fat – you may want to rethink things. Fat gain and fat loss has been proven time and time again to be a simple calorie in vs calorie out equation. As long as your calories are less than your calorie output, then you will lose body fat. If you lose weight on 2,000 calories then you could literally eat 2,000 calories of carbs and lose weight. Fact.

Carbohydrates are an essential tool for sleep and stress.
This post is aimed at the general population, but is even more true for comp prep athletes.

Long gone are the days when you had to do low carb to lose body fat and get shredded. A coach that knows anything about advanced nutritional studies, will ensure your carbs are moderate enough to influence sleep and stress.
Although sleep has no direct influence on fat loss, indirectly it does –

Poor sleep = high stress = emotional food craving = binging and calorie surplus = weight gain.

Great sleep = low stress = consistent emotional levels = adherence to diet

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