There are many diets out there revolving around regulating your intake of carbohydrates – no carb diets, low carb diets, or even all carb diets. While carbohydrates are an important part of your daily nutrition, there are certain ways that you should and should not eat carbohydrates to maximize their benefits and minimize their disadvantages.
One of the main disadvantages of carbs is that they can easily be stored as fat. To avoid storing your carbs as fat in the body and instead use them for energy, follow these 4 tips.
1. Eat Most Carbs After a Workout
The best way to work carbs into your diet is to eat most of them after a weight training session or high intensity workout. This is beneficial because carbs increases insulin production in your body, which is much needed in the period after your workout. You see, when you workout, your body depletes both glucose and glycogen, which are usable and stored energy.
And when you reach a point where there just isn’t enough energy to go around, your body releases cortisol (stress hormone). Basically, what this hormone does is break down your muscle tissue and converts it into more glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis. So by eating carbs after a workout, not only are you less likely to store them as fat but you are also assisting your body in recovering from this muscle breaking process, while promoting muscle growth.
2. Avoid Eating Carbs for Lunch
While you should absolutely eat carbs after your workout, one time when you should consider reducing carb intake is during lunch. When they are not contributing to new muscle growth, carbs add starch to your body and can cause you to become less alert and unfocused. The worst time to become unfocused is at lunch, the middle of your workday.
Instead, you should save carbohydrates for your evening meal. That way, they will help you relax and fall asleep more easily, regulating your sleep schedule in addition to boosting your diet process. And instead of opting for bread or pasta, try to get your carbs from starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams.
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