I don't think you need a "ton of carbs." I also don't think you need a "ton of fat." Eat real food and you'll naturally get enough of each. It's when you start exclusionary dieting - like ketosis or low carb BS out of macronutrient fear - that you run into problems.
Originally Posted by Ayla2010
Yes, I said preferred fuel source. Your body burns glucose preferrentially over fatty acids, it's not directly stored as body fat whereas fatty acids are, it is a more efficient fuel (your mitochondria will have a higher CO2 output on a diet with ample starch and fruit vs a low carbohydrate diet), it reduces levels of corsitol and adrenaline vs low carbohydrate diets, if you undereat glucose too regularly your body will break down lean muscle tissue into glucose to fuel your brain...I strongly recommend a diet where carbohydrate is ample.
Factor in that the overwhelming majority of traditional societies consume more starch than fat...well, it's pretty clear we produce amylase in our saliva for a reason. Starch was probably the most integral fuel source for our evolution as a species, especially considering for the overwhelming majority of our existence we survived in equatorial regions where fruit and starch is plentiful and animals are lean. Exactly how long have we been consuming very fatty game? Not very long considering we only recently migrated to cold temperature climates. You probably descended from people that ate a lot of carbohydrate. The difference is they ate fruits, tubers and roots, not grains and refined isolated sugars.
Obviously, YMMV, but I think a good rule of thumb is to consume 1-2g of carbohydrate for every gram of protein you consume to counteract the gulcagon response in a heavy fat/protein diet and keep yourself out of a chronic state of gluconeogenesis (which is stressful and catabolic). It's helped me a lot.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.