Are you living in the city where sugar is king and heavy dosages of carbs are consumed at every meal?
The rent is extremely high when you live in Carb City. The cost is your health.
Carbs are a very misunderstood entity in the fitness game. Most of us eat way too many carbs or not enough carbs.
Excessive consumption of sugary carbs will make you fat and sluggish. Avoiding or not eating enough carbs will wreck your metabolism and hinder your performance. Both of these are bad plans of action.
The better plan would be to eat the correct amount of carbs at the correct times. This will ensure the carbs are being used for recovery and fuel vs. being stored as nasty body fat.
As a general rule of thumb, your complex carbs are the ones you want to eat the majority of the time. By consuming these before you train, they will give you sustained energy to complete your training. Brown rice, sweet potatoes, and whole-grain bread are some examples of a complex carb.
You will want to consume simple carbs when you finish training to help your body recover. Jasmine rice, white potatoes, or even a carbohydrate powder added to your protein shake will pay dividends after you train.
The important thing to remember is that the amount of the carbs you are having pre or post-workout must fit your goals. If you are overweight and trying to lose body fat then you can consume carbs BUT the amount would be lower than someone who is already lean. You have to earn your carbs!
Your body wants the fast digesting carbs post workout to aid the recovery process. The leaner you are the more carbs you can handle in your diet.
A man or a woman who is very lean can get away with cereal post workout. Their body fat gains would be negligible.
A man or a woman who is carrying a great deal of fat cannot be as liberal. They need to watch their simple carb and sugar intake much more closely.
This is called different strokes for different folks. Your habits must match your goal.
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