After all, they have a high glycemic index, which means they can spike insulin and potentially take your body out of a fat-burning environment.
Additionally, they’re high in complex carbohydrates so people automatically assume they need to be avoided. This may be true for sedentary people.
However, if you’re consistently using higher intensity exercise you should NOT be afraid of this all-natural starchy carb.
Believe it or not, potatoes can actually be one of the best foods to eat to get lean muscle and a flat stomach, BUT only if you use them in a smart way.
And potatoes are a MUCH healthier form of carbohydrates than wheat (bread, pasta, bagels, etc) because potatoes don’t contain inflammatory gluten and other anti-nutrients that wheat contains.
Here are 3 fat-burning secrets you probably NEVER knew about potatoes.
#1: They fuel Glycolysis.
All natural white starches, like potatoes, contain the purest glucose molecules that fuel our “anaerobic” activity. So if you’re using intervals, intense weight training, or ANY type of high intensity metabolic circuits, potatoes can help fuel a VERY important process called glycolysis.
This will fuel your body’s ability to more “efficiently” use other carbohydrates as energy and enhances the production of ATP (our bodies’ primary energy source).
#2: They replenish glycogen and help reset our fat burning hormones
If you constantly keep your carbs low, it will only take about 72 hours to drain glycogen levels (the energy stored inside your muscles and liver).
This is a great short term approach for fat-loss, but it can put you in a “trick bag” because you’ll suppress your fat burning hormones, which will put the brakes on your fat loss over time.
So by regularly consuming the type of starch from potatoes, you’ll help reset the fat-burning hormones that keep your metabolism “happy”.
Additionally, you’ll replenish depleted glycogen levels to sustain you with adequate energy for your workouts and living everyday life.
#3: They help promote an “anabolic” environment
When you engage in regular high intensity exercise sessions your body can release more stress hormones (cortisol) and tend to go into a catabolic state.
This can cause you to lose precious muscle tissue and slow down your metabolism (i.e. Metabolic Slowdown).
But if you’re eating more all natural white starches (from potatoes), you’ll keep your metabolism humming along and prevent muscle loss by keeping your body in an “anabolic” environment.
This is often referred to as anabolism.
Now you can probably see why I personally prefer “white” starches, like potatoes, after my workouts.
They come straight from nature and contain the purest starch and glucose polymers our bodies need to fuel anaerobic activity.
ALL of this will help you speed up recovery, control your hormones, and improve your insulin sensitivity.
Also, many times the pure amylopectin starch found in the white stuff is less problematic than a starch containing gluten or lectins that you get from whole grain / whole wheat foods.
Another solid reason to eliminate processed grains and go with the all-natural “white stuff” if you exercise.
All of this means one thing — potatoes can help you increase fat burning and create a healthier metabolism.
Now I know you won’t get this advice from Dr. Oz or your typical, meathead personal trainer, but this is what REAL nutrition is all about.
Just make sure you always combine starches with a lean animal protein and try to eat them AFTER high intensity exercise so they can work their metabolic magic during your post workout window.
Committed to YOUR fat loss success,