What's the deal with carbs when training??
Is it any wonder people are at a loss when starting a training programme or trying to understand nutrition for the first time?
Some of the information that comes out of the fitness industry is so ambiguous sometimes I just bang my head against the wall.
“I don’t eat carbs after 6”
“Oh really? why’s that?”
“The body turns it into fat after 6”
I hear this sort of thing all the time and it’s painful.
People fear carbs.
Ask most what they drop first when going on a diet and it will be carbs (the only thing you’re really dropping is water weight the first few days)
They jump on the scales notice the difference and conclude that it’s carbs that’s making them fat (you've omitted a key macronutrient from your diet of course there will be weight loss)
Excess calories make you fat, not carbs.
Carbs contain fibre which is really important for digestion and intestinal health.
If fat loss is your goal here are the best 3 tips I could possibly give anyone:
1. Keep protein intake to 1g per pound of bodyweight
2. Focus on nutrient dense foods, if you can kill it catch it or if it comes from the ground or falls from a tree you generally can’t go far wrong. These foods should make up the majority of your diet.
3. Create a DEFICIT, fat loss ultimately comes down to calories in versus calories out.
Please don’t take everything for gospel that comes out of the fitness industry.
Do some research, eat all the carbs you want after 6 if it falls into your calories for the day (calculator at the bottom for you to get a better understanding as to what they should be)
When it comes to training my personal preference is to base my carbohydrate intake for the day around the times I train. Post workout is an ideal time to refuel efficiently.
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