Your body needs carbs—the right carbs, in the right quantities, at the right times. Improperly consuming them can result in excess carbohydrates being stored as fat. Learn a healthy approach to eating carbs for optimum health that combines carbohydrate cycling and intermittent fasting with a diet rich in lean proteins and healthy fats.
“For the past 10 years, I have avoided all carbs except occasional sweets (usually around the holidays). I recently started carbohydrate cycling, adding in some carbs on a regular basis after lifting weights. As a result, I have more energy and better control of my weight.”—Kathryn Stocks, RN, Priority You MD
The staff at Priority You MD is hooked on Trim® Nutrition’s Carb Revolution™—the cutting-edge ﬁtness and weight management program that resets your body’s fat burning hormones and accelerates your metabolic drive.
The best part is, you don’t have to be afraid to eat carbs anymore. Your body actually needs carbohydrates to function optimally. Although carb restrictive diets can result in weight loss, these methods are not optimal or sustainable.
Carb Revolution™ utilizes the science of carbohydrate cycling and intermittent fasting along with consumption of high protein, healthy fats, and Trim® Nutrition nutraceuticals. There is no calorie counting, label reading or point collecting required, making the program easy to follow and maintain.
Carb Revolution™ is divided into 3 flexible phases, which are interchangeable: Phase I (Detox), Phase II (6&1), Phase III (Leaning & Maintenance).
The goal is to reach your optimal weight and fitness level. Follow the Carb Revolution™ algorithm that funnels you through the necessary program phases that ends with the ultimate fitness-based phase called the Max Cutter Phase.
Your body needs carbs—the right carbs, in the right quantities, at the right times.
For the last two decades, eliminating fats and carbohydrates has become a focus of many fad diets; however, it has also resulted in many failed attempts to lose weight and achieve optimal fitness. Your body needs carbohydrates, but improperly consuming them can result in excess carbohydrates being stored as fat.
Carbohydrates are essential to the body for many reasons, but excessive consumption is also the most common cause for insulin resistance and inhibiting key fat burning mechanisms. Carbohydrates are mostly stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen, and are the quickest source of fuel for the body. When the body needs energy, it will ﬁrst pull from the carbs you get from your diet and then from your glycogen stores until they are depleted. Once the glycogen stores are gone, the body will rely on burning fat for energy, but at a much slower rate than consumption of carbohydrates. The body will also metabolize your own muscle for energy, which leads to loss of muscle and further metabolic decline. It is very important to replenish these glycogen stores by strategically consuming carbohydrates.
Removing essential carbohydrates, such as fruits, grains, and legumes, results in deﬁciencies of key nutrients and shifts the body’s innate fat burning mechanisms. This can be especially noticeable for those trying to maintain an aggressive exercise regimen while dieting.
The solution is not to eliminate carbs, but rather eat the right ones in the right quantities and at the right times.
The Carb Revolution™ program uses carbohydrate cycling to keep these important macronutrients in your diet. Carb cycling is the practice of consuming varying quantities of carbohydrates at speciﬁc days and times. These strategic carbohydrate days combined with high protein, good fats, and speciﬁc dietary supplements contribute to an accelerated metabolic state while preserving lean muscle mass. That means you lose excess fat safely and effectively.
Carbohydrate Cycling – Low Carb and Carb Reloading Days
There are two components to this program – low carbohydrate days and carbohydrate reloading days. The required carbohydrate days in each phase will replenish glucose and glycogen stores and manipulate insulin to push nutrients into muscle while still activating fat burning.
Low carbohydrate days, will increase insulin sensitivity and promotes the body to use fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrate reloading is important for the metabolism, lifestyle and long-term success.
Intermittent Fasting: it’s not a diet, it’s a way of scheduling your meals.
This program uses intermittent fasting, which is currently one of the world’s most popular health and ﬁtness trends. Many studies show that it can have powerful, positive effects on your body and brain. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but rather a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of your food. Research supports that fasting can increase fat oxidation, reduce body weight, and accelerate fat loss. During periods of fasting your body’s level of blood glucose signiﬁcantly decreases. This lowers insulin release, resulting in increased fatty acid oxidation and fat burning.
Intermittent fasting has several effects on hormones that demonstrate the benefits of adopting this program over the long-term. By discontinuing eating by 10 p.m. in combination with skipping breakfast, you create a 12-15 hour fasting period that helps reset your hormones and pushes the body to use fat as its primary fuel.
The old-school theory is to eat a high-carbohydrate breakfast; however, that causes insulin and glucose levels to spike essentially shutting off fat-burning for several hours and driving unused calories into fat stores. These high spikes of insulin and glucose lead to large drops in glucose a few hours later, which also triggers hunger.
Fasting does the opposite by controlling hunger and maximizing fat burning through the help of the following hormone changes:
- Insulin – In the fasted state, insulin is low, while glucagon and growth hormone are elevated. The body starts mobilizing stored body fat from your fat cells and burning this fat for energy instead of glucose.
- Human Growth Hormone – Fasting can also have a strong impact on growth hormone (GH) secretion. Growth hormone is generally highly secreted when we sleep and decreases when we have breakfast, however levels of GH continue to rise if you prolong the overnight fast to optimize fat burning and reduce inﬂammation.
- Leptin – Fasting helps regulate leptin, the “satiety hormone”. Leptin levels fall during fasting and then return to normal after eating, alerting you to stop eating. It also helps overcome leptin resistance that occurs with the accumulation of fat.
- Ghrelin – Fasting helps normalize ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” by acting as a natural appetite suppressant. When fasting, ghrelin levels increase which also stimulates growth hormone release. This in combination with an increase in good fats can really curb food cravings.
- Cortisol – The hormone cortisol plays a large role in fat burning and is naturally highest in the morning. Thus, in order to maximize this natural fat burning window, it is an important to refrain from eating early morning meals.
- Testosterone – Fasting can increase luteinizing hormone (LH), which is a precursor to testosterone synthesis. Research also supports that fasting can directly increase testosterone levels in men and women.
Fat is calorically dense with nine calories per gram, making it a more concentrated source of energy than both protein and carbohydrates. Consuming sufﬁcient amounts of healthy fats in the right form is essential for several functions of the body and mind. It helps bolster the immune system, enhance brain function, reduce cardiovascular disease, increase energy and performance, and is a key factor in regulating body weight. You also need fat to absorb several antioxidants; fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K; and to aid in the formation of hormones.
Healthy fats are the unsaturated fats, which include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Both mono and polyunsaturated fats, when eaten in moderation and used to replace hydrogenated saturated or trans fats, can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. One type of polyunsaturated fat is omega-3 fatty acids, which are found most notably in ﬁsh, walnuts, almonds, and ﬂax seed. One common source of monounsaturated fats is avocados. Most of an avocado’s calories are in the form of ﬁber and healthy fat.
About Priority You MD
Priority You MD provides personalized, integrative healthcare for general wellness, anti-aging, athletic performance and weight management as well as more complex medical issues. In addition, our facility also provides aesthetic services and fitness training. Combining diet, nutrition and exercise with evidence based medicine and preventative therapies, our goal is to help our patients achieve and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Priority You MD utilizes IV therapy protocols from Trim® Nutrition. These proprietary nutrient injections are formulated by doctors and compounding pharmacists who use the highest quality materials and follow strict manufacturing protocols in a class 10,000 compounding facility.
Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, Trim® Nutrition and Priority You MD’s clinical staff of physicians, pharmacists, registered nurses, and research and development specialists are dedicated to the mission of Making Bodies Better™.