Carbohydrates Cause Weight Gain

Complex Carbohydrates

How and When Carbohydrates Cause Weight Gain

How and When Carbohydrates Cause Weight Gain
How and When Carbohydrates Cause Weight Gain

Carbohydrates are a complex factor of nutrition. There are different types, but overall they have a similar effect on the body no matter in which form you’ve ingested them.

As many already are aware, the low carbohydrate diet will help you shed pounds. However, if done improperly, there can be negative physical ailments. There needs to be a balance in everything, and carbohydrates are no exception. Carbohydrates are vital to our state of fitness, but as with just about anything, when over-done carbohydrates cause weight gain.

When your body digests carbohydrates, they are absorbed into your bloodstream in the form of blood sugar. Blood sugar is also known as glucose. Once this has occurred, your pancreas releases the hormone called insulin. How much insulin depends upon the amount and type of carbohydrates you’ve consumed. The insulin then transports glucose from the bloodstream and into the cells where it is used for energy or stored as glycogen for later use.

  1. Small amounts of carbohydrates equal small output of insulin.
  2. Large amounts of carbohydrates equal large output of insulin.

In short, carbohydrates cause weight gain when too many are consumed.

About Insulin

High insulin levels following a high consumption of carbohydrates is undesirable. However, a moderate and steady output of insulin is vital to muscle growth and glycogen storage. Insulin is a powerful anabolic hormone that assists muscle cells in recovery and growth. Insulin isn’t a bad thing by any means, it just needs to be understood and kept under control.

How Over Consumption of Carbohydrates Cause Weight Gain

Problems enter when you over-consume carbohydrates, especially the wrong kind. Think junk food. Over eating carbohydrates causes a dramatic peak in blood sugar (energy surge) which is followed by a sharp rise in insulin. This sharp rise in insulin quickly removes the sugar (energy crash) from your bloodstream. This causes your blood sugar to drop to lower than normal levels. This is when you develop a condition called hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia causes fatigue and triggers intense hunger that can blow the strongest willpower out of control. Then you feel hungry again, you are likely to consume more sugar to satisfy your cravings. The energy surge and energy crash cycle repeats itself. These are the basics of how carbohydrates cause weight gain.

Avoiding Hypoglycemia

Eat frequent, smaller meals during the day. Eat the right types of carbohydrates and combine them with lean proteins and small amounts of healthy fats. This will work to stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels. This practice also ends the energy-surge, energy-crash cycle.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing