Food combination diets have come in and out of popularity over the years. I’ve been watching some videos on Youtube lately promoting the diet theory of not combining carbs and fats in the same meal. I think this type of diet might be the next trend. Let’s take a look at the science and concept behind this diet and see if it is worth trying.
Should you eat fats and carbs together for weight loss?
The concept behind not eating carbohydrates with fats is based on how insulin stores your macronutrients which are carbohydrates, fats and protein. Insulin is the storage hormone. Most people think that insulin is a bad thing and only helps take sugar (carbs) out of your blood stream and store it in your muscles and liver. But insulin also helps store fat and aids in protein synthesis. That’s why we want to be very insulin sensitive. We need insulin to work well in our bodies.
The theory behind not combining large amounts of fats and carbohydrates in the same meal is that the spike in insulin from the carbs will provoke your body to store fat. High glycemic carbs (carbs that raise blood sugar quickly) make the pancreas produce insulin to take the sugar out of the blood stream and if there is also a lot of fat circulating at the same time, it will promote fat storage. This concept makes sense on paper but I have not found any studies to back it up. In addition, all macronutrients like protein create an insulin response to some degree and there are other hormones that help store fat.
That being said, I think it is worth experimenting with this over the next few weeks. I’m going to try to separate my carbs and fats. For example, I will eat protein and fat together but try to limit my fats and carbs in the same meal. The biggest change for me will be dinner where I will cut back on the olive oil and coconut oil I put on my vegetables and sweet potato. I will just try to take in more healthy fats at another time during the day.
Protocol for not combining fats and carbs in the same meal:
Eat your proteins with fats
Do not eat high glycemic carbs with fats
If you are going to eat some healthy fibrous carbs like vegetables with an animal protein, make sure the protein is lean and furthermore, steam the vegetable. Don’t add any fat.
If you try this diet along with me, let me know how you make out by leaving a comment.
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