What to Expect:
“I'm starting to get really anxious. Can I really make it through this weekend?!”
It’s getting closer, so anxiety is natural, especially if this is your first 21DSD. But look at all of the prep work you have already completed and everything you have learned this week. You are ready for this new journey.
Carbs and your body, part 2
I ended yesterday’s lesson by talking about what happens when you consume more carbohydrates than your body can use for activity/exercise or store in the liver and muscles as glycogen: it’s converted to fat! While the body has limited storage for carbohydrates, it has unlimited storage for fat—sneaky, right? This fat is in the form of either (1) triglycerides, which are fats that circulate in the blood, or (2) adipose, which is body fat.
Your total carbohydrate storage capacity = liver storage + muscle storage + carbohydrates you burn in a day (that’s your resting metabolic rate plus any carbs you burn with activity or exercise).
If the amount of carbohydrates eaten is greater than liver storage + muscle storage + carbohydrates you burn in a day, then your body has no choice but to store the excess as fat. How and where you store your extra fat is determined largely by genetic predisposition.
So how do you make sure that your body isn’t getting more carbohydrates than it needs and converting all the excess to fat? It’s a matter of the kinds of carbs you eat—processed and refined (“bad”) or whole and nutrientdense (“good”)—as well as your activity level. Your body’s system works smoothly and efficiently when the carbohydrates you eat are appropriate for your daily energy needs and they come packaged as nature intended, with the vitamins and minerals required for the metabolism of carbohydrates. The 21-Day Sugar Detox includes only these good carbs, along with quality protein and fat.
The Dish from Diane:
Just. Breathe. You’ve got one more day to prepare before the detox begins. Make sure to prep your foods before day 1! I promise that you’ll feel so much calmer and ready if you’ve got a fridge full of delicious food ready to go. The number-one reason why people fail on any new nutritional program is failure to prepare—don’t let it happen to you!
- Review Building Your 21DSD Plate* to be sure you’re planning enough good carbs for your activity level.
- Log your food and rebuild your meals using 21DSD-approved food swaps*.
*These are all available for download FREE in the Quick Start Guide. Download the Quick Start Guide here.
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