What Are Net Carbs and How Does This Effect My HCG Diet Protocol?

A carb is a carb, right? So what are “net carbs” and what do they have to do with the HCG diet?

What is the “net carb” count of this food item? Answer – 25 grams

Yes, a carb is carb, However, when determining “net carbs” you can subtract the total amount of fiber from the total amount of carbs. For example, if your bread has 14 grams of carbs in a single serving and 6 grams of fiber, your net carb content is 8 grams. Why you ask? It all “breaks down” to glucose… quite literally. In order to produce energy for cellular activity our bodies break everything down to glucose, which is then converted to ATP – the energy that fuels all cellular activity.

All absorption of nutrients occurs in our stomach and small intestine; carbs, protein, everything… with the exception of fiber. Fiber, on the other hand, isn’t broken down at all and is therefore not absorbed. This is why the carb count in fiber is excluded from your net carbs. This is more relevant in the maintenance phase of your HCG diet. A good segue way, as it relates to glucose and the low calorie phase of the HCG diet, is ketosis. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog where I’ll define ketosis and how it relates to the HCG diet and other low carb diets.

One more thing relating to Fiber… If it isn’t absorbed, why do we need it in our diet? It’s the glue that holds everything together. Keeps us regular.

Dr. Zach LaBoube

Dr. Zach LaBoube

InsideOut Wellness and HCG Weight Loss – SoCal

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