I’m A Gay Man And I Eat Bread.

IMG_2101I’m a gay man, and I eat bread.

This isn’t a confession. This isn’t an admission of guilt. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I eat bread. I eat carbs. And so can you.

Years ago, I was getting dinner with some gay friends. Something went wrong with our order and the kitchen brought us a complimentary bowl of lo mein noodles. The gaggle of gay men laughed nervously, as though a Trojan horse had somehow made its way into our company.

“No one is going to eat that,” they told the confused waiter.

But they were wrong. I ate it. Because it was lo mein, and lo mein is fucking good.

And the only thing better than lo mein, is free lo mein.

Of course, this story isn’t unique. It has unfolded, in one variation or another, countless times at the tables – and in the minds – of gay men everywhere.

We all know that foods like bread, pasta and noodles contain carbohydrates. It’s a commonly held belief that carbs make you fat, and that being fat is a terrible thing. Both of these assumptions are inaccurate.

As it turns out, we need carbohydrates for proper bodily functions. The USDA recommends that 45% – 65% of our calories come from carbohydrates because:

  • Carbs are the body’s main fuel source.
  • Carbs are needed for the central nervous system, the kidneys, the brain and muscles (including your heart) to function properly.
  • Carbs are important to intestinal health and waste elimination.

When you go to the gym, it’s carbohydrates that allow you to power through your workout and that fuel your results. When you’re studying for a test, it’s carbohydrates that help you focus. Without carbs, fatigue, constipation and even ketosis can result.

In other words, carbohydrates are really, really important. Carbs don’t make you fat; they make you healthy (especially when you opt for complex carbohydrates).

Liberate yourself from the prison of carb-free life. Eat bread. Have an occasional bowl of lo mein noddles. Be healthy. Most importantly, enjoy life.

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Comments

  1. I am not an expert by any means but I do study biochemistry and with what I’ve learned I can conclude certain points. I gather is that the most important about consuming carbs is to ingest it in a smart way and at the right proportion. Carbohydrates are converted to glucose in the body rather quickly. If glucose isn’t degraded for energy, then they it is processed into glycogen (glucose storage basically) and eventually fatty acids, or fat. Consuming carbohydrates isn’t inherently bad, but if consumed in high quantities can lead to excessive fat synthesis. I believe in a low-carb high-protein diet with lots of vegetables. Protein in its many forms is a source of glucose also, although the process is a little longer to convert to glucose and it requires a little expenditure of energy. The key here is to still consume carbs, but also consume enough protein to supplement energy and plenty of vegetables for micronutrients. Also its about consuming carbs when you need fast energy, so right before a workout or shortly after one. Also as you mentioned, complex carbohydrates are your friend and should be chosen over refined carbohydrates. With all that said, I would have definitely eaten that lo mein, but future meals would probably have little amount of carbs to balance it out.

  2. Anthony Billis says:

    Dear Davey..you have an excellent body and I just love you to bits..but I am afraid you are terribly wrong here. Have you ever heard of insulin resistance? There is no such thing as essential carbohydrates. If your body can tolerate them, then I guess you are among the lucky 20% of the world population that can! Well, while you are young that is. It is such a myth, such a misconception that carbs are what you say they are above! Humans are fat consuming engines! Have you ever heard of ketosis? I have been on an almost carb free diet (5 % daily) for the last couple of years and I’ve never felt better. I have my diabetes well under control and I have lost 9 kilos and mainly visceral fat. I don’t look quite like you yet but hopefully by next summer I would feel comfortable posing topless next to you. If I liberate myself from the carb prison, I am back on insulin. The human race is new to carbs. We haven’t evolved to a carb consuming state…well not all of us..Oh and by the way…I love my low carb diet!

    • In this you are wrong in a few regards: humans are not fat burning machines by any means, its more as means of survival rather than a natural state. In diabetes mellitus, the body releases insulin but the cells barely recognize it to absorb the excess glucose in your blood. this forces the cells to burn through fatty acids as a means of basic survival. The main source of energy for the brain is in fact glucose and when the body is deprived of glucose, it resorts to convert fatty acids into ketone bodies. ketone bodies can be used in the brain and the rest of the body as an alternate source of energy, but an excess of ketone bodies in the blood has catastrophic effects on the rest of the body, called ketosis. They also lower the pH of the body making it more acidic, commonly known as ketoacidosis.
      I can only assume that you are eating a diet high in protein, which provides the cells within your body with glucose. fat can be a source of energy within cells, but not the best source of glucose which we need for our brain. To put it simply, glucose can be generated with a cycle called the Kerb’s cycle, and another process called gluconeogenesis. Fat provides only one of the components of the cycle and therefore all the components are exhausted producing glucose when only fat is present and eventually resort to producing ketone bodies instead. In contrast, protein can provide with many of these components within the cycle and therefore provide energy and glucose.
      Protein can’t be consumed in excess either because when degrading it, ammonia is released. Most of the ammonia in our body is excreted by converting it into urea which we pee out, but excess amounts can lead to high levels of ammonia and urea in our livers and puts a strain on our kidneys to filter it out. High protein diets are NOT recommended on people with kidney problems. Here is where the vegetables come in, which provide us with food that fills our belly and provide micronutrients.

      There’s obviously a lot of science that I skimmed over but the fact of the matter is that glucose is our primary carrier of energy. Carbohydrates can be broken down easily into glucose, protein can have a harder time but eventually gets there but fat is only a temporary solution, it will not get the job done in the long run.

  3. Kenneth Taylor says:

    Personally. Your opinions are valid but. Eat whatever. As long as you follow 2 main rules.
    1. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing
    2. Just be you regardless of weight or style or food consumption.
    Honestly you and everyone else is beautiful just the way you are. Just because someone doesn’t find you attractive does not mean that you should try to upgrade yourself for others. I can say from experience I’m happy with my body. I wouldn’t change anything. I actually keep a little bit of belly fat just because I want a guy to find me attractive for who I am what I’m about and how I look. And I’m 20 years old

  4. Field Carmichael says:

    Davey, I’ve been a big fan of yours for years but something about your latest post bothered me. No, it has nothing to do with the fact you were eating bread. Rather, I was offended by your “gay” reference. Was it really necessary to point out that the people you were having dinner with were gay? I kept waiting for you to tell me how many were black and white as well. Lol. Yes, your fans know you’re gay just as my friends know I’m gay. So it really shouldn’t matter whether the company you keep at dinner is gay or straight. Happy holidays! Field C.

    • Hey, not everyone if going to be the same, if you seen him on youtube he is very enthusiastic, so he had to point out that he was with GAY friends. If someone is a homosexual then you may point it out as much as you want if you are proud of it.
      He was with GAY friends specifically saying that his scenario gave the idea of “eating carbs is bad” and in this case his friends were the kind of gay people with this sense. he only wanted to point it out. Anyone could, so obviously he shouldn’t be offending people.
      -Rylan LOVE YOU DAVEY!!!

  5. what are lo mein “noddles?”

  6. Great post! And an amazing

  7. Put like that, I hope you can appreciate why I m considering a move to the US and just what you re giving up by transforming your societies and turning a blind eye to sharia courts where a woman s testimony is, legally, worth less than a man s.

  8. I’ve tried cutting carbs out before while I worked out. It does help drop some body fat but it’s something you just can’t sustain for long. I remember feeling faint and weak as I tried to power through some of my workouts. I felt a huge crash! You need carbs. Cut them out and see what happens.

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