Do you feel like carbohydrates are making you fat? Are you afraid of them? Too many times I hear that carbohydrates are bad, they will make you gain fat. Yes, carbohydrates can make you gain weight if you eat too much. If you eat too much of anything, you will gain weight. Over the past couple of years, I have tried the super low carbohydrates diets. My energy levels were not great and it made me fall off the wagon and gain more weight back. Knowing when and what carbohydrates to eat, will help you achieve fat and weight loss.
Carbohydrate Timing for Body Fat and Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight or body fat, you can have high carbohydrates meals after you exercise. If you are a big fan like me of pasta, rice, bread and other desirable foods, you can!! In order to have these types of foods, you must:
- Use whole grain foods
- Eat them 1-2 hours after exercising
Timing of when and what types of carbohydrates:
During Exercise Only: Exercise recovery drinks, sugary and protein rich.
Cheat Days or None at All: Breakfast cereals, soda, fruit juice, table sugar, sugary desserts, ice cream, muffins and bagels.
Eat 1-2 Hours after Exercise: Whole grain: bread, pasta, rice. Sweet potatoes or yams, whole oats, wheat and rye.
Eaten with Every Meal: Fruits and Veggies
If you are just starting a nutrition plan, some may tell you that you need to have a low carb diet. This is a problem for most people because it is a dramatic change and you have a better chance of failing than succeeding. Start with having high fiber and low glycemic index carbohydrates and staying away from high-sugar, empty calorie carbohydrates. Now I want to tell you that this is not a low-carb plan, you will be mostly eating carbs from veggies and fruits and small amounts of sugary and starchy carbohydrates after exercise. If you want to lose fat, you have to earn them. I tell people disregarding fruits and veggies, NO EXERCISE=NO CARBS.