Carbohydrates are used as energy by the body; they power your workouts, as well as providing fuel to be used throughout your day. They are all about energy and are found in foods like fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, and dairy products.
Your body uses these foods to make glucose, which is your body's main energy source. We hear far to often that we should strip carbohydrates from our daily intake. There's a common misconception that “carbohydrates make you fat.” They don’t. However, just as with any food, if eaten in unnecessarily large quantities they could contribute to weight gain, but, with that in mind, so could too much of any food. Instead of taking them out completely, why not learn which ones are good for you. Below is a list of the Carbohydrates that will fuel you forward.
Whole-grain products such as:
Brown rice, whole-grain pasta, beans, whole wheat bread, whole oats, buckwheat, millet, whole rye, whole-grain barley and whole-grain corn. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Check out the positive things Carbohydrates can do for you
-Boost your mood.
-Good for your heart.
-Trim your waistline.
-Keep your memory sharp.
-Help you blast fat.
Carbohydrates are key for maximum energy, speed, stamina, concentration and recovery. It is not your enemy. Think of carbohydrates as the gas needed to fuel your car. Without gas, your car won't run. Without carbohydrates, your body will not have the fuel required to support your daily mental and physical activities.
Here are a few helpful guidelines on when and how to intake carbohydrate
Eaten in excess, or eaten at the wrong times, carbohydrates can help to add adipose tissue to the body, but they are not a bad thing if incorporated into a diet properly.
Eat most of your carbs early in the day. Also, as a post-workout meal. Try hard not to eat carbs late at night, opt for protein instead. Remember to split your carbs up between each of your meals.
There are many carbohydrate calculators out on the web. If you search you'll find one that will help you calculate an approximate daily intake. While I know that high protein, low carb diets do work and I myself have done them in short bursts. The question is how much of your energy are you willing to loose in order to shed the pounds. Build your body, don't break it down. Now-a-day's I prefer to get the good energy from my food that will let me fuel my positive powerful workouts.
Here's to a week filled with ENERGY!