Covering another book I read while in Cuba, I’ve finally found the time to do a The Truth About Carbs review.
I enjoyed this book. The author writes in quite a casual style, so if that offends you, you may not get on with it though there are references for those who want them. But for me, the biggest plus about this book was the honest treatment of carbs in the diet. I find the demonisation of carbs in the fitness world, but the over-reliance on them in government guidelines frustrating. Not least because they are pretty much the wrong way around for optimum health and performance!
The book presents the facts in various contexts, but also covers critical aspects such as flexibility and sustainability. An example in these couple of quotes, presented in Nate Miyaki’s own style 🙂
Constantly thinking about gnawing off your significant other’s arm because you are starving is not a sustainable lifestyle plan. — Nate Miyaki, The Truth About Catbs
Moderation is where most of the magic lies, although extremes play to our emotions and are more easily marketed and sold. — Nate Miyaki, The Truth About Carbs
This book is accessible because of the way it is written. It is also applicable to those with athletic or physique goals and to the everyday person in the street with an interest in being healthy. There is no science for the sake of it either. It is not a long book, so there is no need to feel bogged down in pages and pages. But this is good because the information there is useful with no filler!
I know I need a certain level of carbs to perform. Based solely on personal experimentation. But it’s still a balancing act for me based on what I’m doing training wise, and even daily life wise. It’s also a factor in scale weight and leanness. This book sets out some basic principles for anyone wanting to start taking an interest in this sort of thing. However, it does emphasise that everyone is different. Nate even covers male/female differences (and yes, while some would like us to believe there are none, physiologically at least there most definitely are!):
Women, you have to work twice as hard as a man to get half of the results. It is not fair, but it’s the genetic truth. You have to hit the weights hard to overcome your hormonal disadvantage. And fair is fair—women, you are genetically superior to us meatheads in so many other ways. — Nate Miyaki
Current activity levels and body fat levels all play a part too. But that just affects the starting point. Most things are possible with enough time and effort!
If you want to know more, based on real world results from the author and his clients, then treat yourself to this book.