The goal with this post is to show you how replacing all of your starchy and sugary carbs with dietary fat is going to help you to eat less, snack less, and have more energy!

Dear Current or Former Athletes:

For all of you athletes out there who are following your nutritionist’s “My Plate” guidelines, I promise there is a better way. You are going to be healthy, get in exceptionally good shape, and still be able to perform at your best, or even better!

Here is the "dietary guidelines" that I follow, you might notice it is a little different than the traditional My Plate or My Pyramid.

  • When it comes to an energy source, fat lasts longer in your body than carbs, so you will not have to keep grabbing for those Clif bars mid-game to bump your energy back up.

  • “The truth is, fat is the preferred fuel of human metabolism and has been for most of human evolution” –Mark’s Daily Apple (Creator of The Paleo diet)

  • Your body can survive without eating ANY carbohydrates for the rest of your life, but without fat or protein we would eventually die.

    • This means that carbohydrates are NOT an essential nutrient for our bodies!

Ever wonder why former athletes gain weight after they are done playing their sport?

Here is my best guess as to why “former” or “retired” athletes gain weight after we finish playing our sport. For the past four years, we have had someone tell us what to eat, how much of it, and when. The only problem is that not everyone is the same or has the same metabolic makeup. Sure, using carbs as an energy source will work to a degree, but only when we are putting in 20 or more hours a week in the gym or on the field. What happens when we don’t workout as much as we used to? The issue is that when we aren’t burning off those carbs, they are being stored as body fat! Here are a few negative impacts that carbs have on our body:

  • Inflammation

  • Bloating

  • Water Retention

  • Carbs cause you to crave…more carbs! (It’s a dangerous cycle leading to weight gain)

  • Unused carbs get stored as body fat

Fat vs. Carbs

  • Fat does not make you bloat

  • There is no inflammatory response when you eat fat

  • Fat provides longer-lasting energy than carbs

  • Fat keeps you feeling satisfied for longer, causing you to eat less

“Sugar is the enemy, not fat”

You need to eat fat to burn fat. When you are eating dietary fat instead of sugar and carbohydrates, your body recognizes it. Once you burn through all of the fat you ate, your body reaches for body fat to burn for energy. BUT if you are eating carbohydrates on a daily basis, once you run out of those carbs for energy your body starts taking your muscle and breaking that down for energy!

So the next time you're leaving the house in a hurry or you need to bring a snack to study, don't grab a bag of chips or a bagel, I suggest grabbing a handful of almonds or maybe an avocado and you will be happy you did!