Article: On The Front Line With Carbs ...

The Front Line With Carbs … By Keith Dorsette                                           

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are conditions that are directly related to being overweight and or having poor conditioning. They include heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic lung diseases and a handful of others. NCDs are the leading cause of death worldwide (more than half), yet a survey taken (in NYC) among 1,000 persons in September of 2015 revealed that approximately 11% of the people know what they are. Even fewer have an idea of how to prevent them. Education and breaking up with a few lifestyle habits can help us all remain NCD Free. NCDs are PREVENTABLE!

Getting to know your carbs (carbohydrates), can reduce the risk of getting an NCD …

Good carbs, bad carbs, friend or foe, what are they? Who are they? How do they impact our bodies?

Try going into your neighborhood gym and ask the gym manager, the trainers and the persons training about the relationship that carbs have with your body. You will be astonished at the answers that you may get. And, you are likely to leave even more confused than before asking.

We (SAAF CAMP) have concluded after training more than 4,000 people over the past six years that a more practical approach to understanding the relationship that carbs have with your body does not have to be so confusing and vaguely interpreted. This relationship is not subjective to opinion. The relationship is specific and totally supported by science and more studies conducted by reputable institutions than you can count. There are friendly carbs and there are enemy carbs. Let’s go behind the front line of carbs and get some solid intel on who is “friend” (part of our solution) and who is “foe” (part of our problem(s).

Our bodies utilize carbs as an energy source. Just as a vehicle uses petro as an energy source. Just as your everyday appliance uses energy to power itself. Carbs in plain words are a source of energy to power your bodily functions. In the energy markets, you have a choice of oil, gas, wind, solar, hydro power, etc. While these choices accomplish the same end result, some of them come with additional consequences with their use. Those consequences, for the most part, work against your body’s will to enforce peak performance. Such is similar with carbs. In order for you to make a better choice of which carbohydrate energy source(s) to consume, it is essential that you have at least a general understanding of how carbs interact with your body. And, have a sense of which ones are good, bad and why they are good or bad.

There are two main groups of carbs; simple and complex. Simple carbs are processed faster by your body. The chemical breakdown causes reactions that break them down into glucose (sugars). These sugars are rapidly released into your bloodstream and spike your blood sugar levels. The sudden spike triggers your pancreas to produce more insulin to regulate the blood sugar level. Insulin is a hormone that acts like a key for opening a cell so glucose may get in and provide it with energy. After the pancreas goes into overdrive to match the glucose levels with insulin levels (regulation), your body will crave for more energy (simple carbs) and the process repeats itself. It’s a vicious cycle! Simple carbs give you short bursts of energy and they come with detrimental consequences. You may indulge in them from time to time, but you must avoid daily and frequent consumption of simple carbs (cookies, candies, chips, fast foods, junk foods, cakes, the whites – not white people – white bread, white flour, white rice, white pasta…). Simple Carbs = “Foe” … Proceed With Caution.

Complex carbs are plant based foods (veggies, fruits and whole grains). Your body breaks them down slower and therefore provides energy for a longer period of time. Yes, some fruits do get processed faster, however, fruits have numerous benefits such as antioxidants and medicinal powers. Fruit is a better option than a simple carb. Complex carbs are rich in fiber (soluble and insoluble). Soluble fiber (fruits, veggies) helps slow down the process of carb absorption. Hence preventing blood sugar spikes. Insoluble fiber (whole grains) helps with digestion (bowel movements). Complex Carbs = “Friend … Indulge Daily and Frequently.

Recap: An equal portion of Simple vs. Complex Carbs … Simple will give you a short burst of energy and leaves you in a position to execute various means of damage control. I,e. NCDs … diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, the list goes on and on. Complex Carbs will energize you for a longer period of time and comes with a variety of assets that the body may utilize to cleanse itself and power organs as per design.

There are so many “diets” out there. Some work for some people and fail with others. The majority of people are perplexed with blue dot this, yellow dot that, eat this amount of points in the morning, divide that by this amount of points in the afternoon and place a blue dot on the answer in the evening. SAAF CAMP has successfully trained thousands of people to lose weight at will and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The majority of them have at one time or another tried diets that consisted of dots, numbers and this and that. For the regular person, diets are not practical. At least not at first. What is practical is equipping yourself with a basic understanding of how carbs (foods in general) interact with your body. With that knowledge, all that needs to be done is “choose the better option”. By making a habit of “doing less bad”, you are “doing more good” for your overall health agenda and goals. Once you get accustomed to choosing the better option, you are more likely to succeed with a more specific dietary discipline.

While it is very practical to manage your weight by making adjustments to your diet, it is impossible to increase your cardiovascular and respiratory conditioning without exercise. Think of your diet (carbs, calories, food consumption) and regular exercise as “penguins” (lifelong partners). –Keith Dorsette is the developer and senior trainer for the SAAF CAMP NCD Prevention and Health and Wellness Program. He is also the Health And Wellness correspondent for the SAAF CAMP TV Show. Visit Us At: