"Help me, I love carbs"
Right then petal, if you’re a carb lover, the only question you need to ask yourself is: “Do I love my workouts as much as I love those pancakes?”
If the answer is yes, you’ll be OK. But if you eat a ton of carbs without spending all that extra energy somehow, bad things tend to happen eventually.
Are Carbs Fattening?
Lets get one thing straight sweetcheeks, any source of calories will make you gain fat if you consume them in excess. But carbs are particularly fattening because they are either quickly used by your body, or quickly stored.
You need to think of carbs as fuel. If you sit on the couch all day, chances are that your body requires very little carbs to function properly.
On the other hand, if you’re very active, chances are that your body needs more carbs to be fuelled properly – or else you might get fatigued very quickly.
Is Low Carb The Best Approach?
A diet low in carbs is all the hype these days, and led to people thinking all carbs are EVIL.
Classic case of misinformation amigo.
It is true that cutting carbs will help most people lose weight faster, because most of them consume way too many already.
But if you’re fairly active, you can enjoy a moderate carb diet and still lose weight while staying very healthy.
The proof is undeniable – the Kitavans in Melanesia, (1) the Kuna indians in Panama (2) and the Okinawans of Japan (3)
get about 65-70% of calories from carbs while being almost entirely free of obesity, heart disease and other chronic diseases that are so common in industrialised countries.
Ok so a few tips to keep you on the straight and narrow my carb loving friend....
Keep Your Carbs Real & Strategic
Three things to keep in mind when it comes to carbs:
1. Always try to get your carbs from veggies and fruits, and always eat as many veggies as you can, forget 5 a day, go nuts!!
2.Focus on natural sources of carbs like unrefined grains, potatoes, rice or legumes.
3.Eating carbs right after intense exercise will minimise their fattening effect.
How Many Carbs Should I Eat?
You’ll need to experiment with this puppy. Different people react differently to carbs.
Here are my 3 golden rules to adjust carb consumption:
1. Eat at least one more portion of carbs on days you perform an intense workout (pre-workout a good time and post workout absolute best time). This will make you recover quickly and prevent unnecessary fatigue.
2.If you’re not that active, or want to burn fat very quickly, stick with 50g of carbs or less every day (bowl of porridge, some rice, a few spuds with dinner). That number doesn’t include veggies, which you should NEVER limit.
3.Once per week, make sure to consume a carb heavy meal (100+ grams). You will reset your fat burning hormones while enjoying a tasty treat meal.
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