In today’s video I’m going to talk about how to count carbs without going crazy. OFM (Optimized Fat Metabolism) makes carb counting sustainable and doable for you.
With the strictness of the Keto diet, counting every gram of carbohydrate creates stress which is actually counter-productive to what you want to achieve.
So how do we make carb counting sustainable?
You don’t. Yes, that’s correct, you can forget about counting most of the carbs you consume on a daily basis.
Firstly, we DON’T count non starchy vegetables and non starchy fruits you consume as a vegetable.
That means you don’t have to count
- the greens you use in your salad
- Kale, mustard greens, spinach, bok choi
- Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts
- Non starchy fruits you eat like vegetables - zucchini, summer squashes, avocado, tomato, eggplant.
As an OFM Athlete you don’t have to stress about your root vegetables like carrots and beetroot, as long as you don’t have these in large amounts.
So why don’t we count carbs with OFM?
Because our bodies do not work by numbers because our digestive system does not work that way.
So if your digestive system is working fine and you are able to eat these things comfortably and enjoyably, when you take in your food, the acid in your stomach starts the breakdown process, then the bacteria, fungi and archaea in your digestive tract complete the process with little, if any, glucose transiting into the bloodstream to trigger an insulin response.
How these carbohydrates affect your Glucose, Metabolism and Fat Adaptation
These carbohydrates are bound up in a matrix with fiber, fluids and minerals. What happens is these carbohydrates don’t get out right away into your stomach and small intestines, and transit your gut barrier into your bloodstream. They end up in your colon, still bound up in this matrix of fiber, fluids and minerals. Then the bacteria, fungi and archaea in your colon consume this food matter so virtually all of the carbohydrate actually winds up as a fatty acid and/or lipoprotein from the bacterial breakdown breakdown process.
In real world application this means you literally cannot eat enough of these vegetables to affect your blood sugar and hormone balance.
So now that you understand how your digestive system works, you can remove the stress out of carb counting.
If you want to know more about how to use carbohydrates with your fat metabolism, click here to find out more.
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