CARBS (Carbohydrates) ARE NOT THE ENEMY!
By PT Manager Craig Danks
Many people tend to think that if they consume carbs (also known as carbohydrates ) they are going to put on fat! This is not exactly the truth! Carbs can add to your fat deposits only if you consume too much of them or at the wrong time.
Too many people have the idea that if they cut their daily calorie intake by half and remove carbs completely out of their diet they will loose body fat. This dieting method will initially help you to lose body weight, but long term this is no sustainable due to the following:
– Firstly, by dropping your daily calorie intake by half you are going to drop a lot of retained water out of your body which will result in weight loss, but not fat.
– Secondly, you are going to lose muscle tissue, because in carbs deprived diets, your body to maintain balance, will use muscle as an energy source before accessing your fat cells.
Ideally to lose fat you will need to drop your calories intake gradually. Gradual changes in the daily diet are a lot more sustainable then extreme approaches. Don’t cut out carbs completely out of your diet. Carbohydrates are an essential part of macronutrients for your body. Carbs – are your body’s preferred source of energy to keep you active throughout the day.
Below I’m going to give you my 5 tips on carbs consumption:
- Morning Carbohydrates: it’s best to consume carbohydrates in the morning when your body is calorie deprived from sleep. Complex carbs like oatmeal is perfect as it slowly releases energy throughout the day.
- Avoid Night Carbohydrates: unless you are working out in the evenings, I would suggest you to avoid consuming carbohydrates after 7pm. Mainly because you are not going to burn off the energy received from evening carbohydrates, which will result in storing this energy as fat tissue.
- Pre workout: consuming carbs an hour before your workout will give you time to digest and use this carbohydrates as your energy source for your physical activity.
- Post workout: consuming them after your workout is a great time. By consuming carbs post workout your body will suck up all the carbs for recovery and energy replenishment.
- Spread out the servings: Try not to consume your daily carbohydrates in one serving. Spread your intake over small portions to keep your energy high and your body fuelled.
Follow these simple tips and you will be on the right track to your desired physique!
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