Can your pal eat pasta and stay thin, while you look lovingly at pound cake and plump up? Why is that? It doesn’t seem fair.
Well, there’s a term for this phenomenon. It’s “carb tolerance.” Knowing yours will change how you eat.
What does “carb tolerance” mean?
Carb tolerance is how your body metabolizes carbohydrates. This is a big blind spot for most people. If this is news to you, read on.
According to PrecisionNutrition.com, “Researchers found a correlation between obesity and a person’s ability to make amylase, an enzyme that helps to break starch down in your mouth.”
Amylase is an enzyme that helps digest carbohydrates. Studies suggest that certain people have more copies of the gene for amylase. Interesting, huh? You can test the enzymes in your blood to measure your amylase levels.
Chances are if one eats lots of carbs and have low amylase levels, they can be overweight. That makes sense. On the other hand, if one lives a carb-a-licious lifestyle and is blessed with high levels of amylase, they can stay slim.
Fat loss peaks when the body is deprived of carbs. Ever hear a body builder say they cannot eat anything white? Meaning, they cut out all bread, pasta, potatoes, etc from their diet? Eating a low carb diet is helpful to lean out.
Now, is a low carb diet a reasonable way to live if you’re not in a body building competition? It depends on how your body reacts to carbs. You certainly can test the enzymes in your blood to measure your amylase levels. Or, you can try this at home.
Be aware of how your body feels when you eat mostly carbs before lunch. Do you have energy or feel sluggish?
Notice how your body feels when you eat mostly carbs after lunch. Do you tend to gain weight?
The answers will guide you towards your carb tolerance. Some people, I know I do, feel best eating carbs before lunch. Others can feast on carbs all day and maintain a healthy weight. They likely have enzymes to effectively assimilate carbs.
Whatever your amylase levels are is fine. Your body will tell you right away how is carbs help or hurt you. Discovering your carb tolerance empowers you to arrange your plate in a way that supports yourself.
To find out your carb tolerance, take this quiz. If you want to delve deeper, schedule an enzyme test. Do whatever it takes to get in sync with your body.