If you have ever tried a low-carb diet, you probably saw quick and noticeable results. However, chances are also good that you experienced a variety of side effects related to carb depletion, including headache, muscle cramps, fatigue, and mood swings.
We are all constantly bombarded with conflicting information regarding carbohydrates. What is the truth? What is the best way to eat for fat loss, muscle gain, weight loss, or general health? The good news is that it does not have to be complicated!
What: There are two types of carbs; simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are your fruits and sugary foods. Complex carbs are your vegetables and grains, such as rice, pasta, and bread. You can also find carbs in foods such as beans, milk, and seeds.
Why: Simple carbs provide quick, short-term energy and help you stay focused. This is kind of like the sugar rush you get after eating a lot of candy. Complex carbs on the other hand, provide long-term, sustained energy. These carbs are considered healthier than simple carbs due to their overall fiber and nutrient content. Complex carbs are essential to good health and important in weight control.
When: Ideally, you should fuel your body every three hours with a balance of carbs, protein, and fat. Your body needs these nutrients consistently throughout the day. However, it is beneficial to consume your starchy carbs earlier in the day and transition to more fiber-dense carbs later in the day.
How much: The amount of carbs you should consume in a day depends on your goals and your activity level. The recommended intake of carbs is between 40-65% of your total daily calories. For weight loss, it’s better to keep your carb intake on the low end of this range, and increase your protein.
If you have any nutrition questions, please ask us! We will answer all your questions next Wednesday.
-Courtesy of Your Ufit Team!
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