Do Carbs + Fats = The Deadliest Meal?

A stack of toast with a scalloped pat of butter on topThere’s a pairing that you may not be aware of that could lead to a terrible scenario: high levels of blood sugar and fat within the blood simultaneously. The culprit? Significant amounts of carbohydrates and fats in any one meal may just be a dangerous combination.

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The Cons

Carbohydrate ingestion triggers a release of insulin response, while fat ingestion raises blood lipid (fat) levels. Avoiding this combination will allow you to lose weight more quickly. This translates into increased calorie-burning muscle retention – a very welcomed benefit while dieting.

To successfully implement this strategy, eat protein with every meal coupled with either carbs or fat, but not both. For added benefit, eat carbs with your morning meals and snacks, and then avoid them in the evening by making the switch to protein-and- fat meals later in the day.

The Pros

On the other hand, there is the theory that mixing fat and carbohydrates in the same meal can actually be beneficial. These people believe that by adding fat to your meal, it slows down digestion enough that the insulin response is muted. By keeping insulin levels low, it allows your body to mobilize and use fatty acids from both your meal and your body fat stores.

The Verdict

It all comes down to you observing your patterns while trying this method and while combining the two. It’s definitely a worthwhile aspect to look at if you’re counting calories and exercising, but still aren’t seeing much fat loss.

So don’t be afraid of mixing fat and carbohydrates in the same meal. However, be mindful of why this can be a problem, and use this knowledge to further fine tune your diet program to maximize fat loss. A good place to start is to have a mixture of meals that are carbohydrates, fat, and protein, and also carbohydrates and protein, and even just protein and fat.