The Truth About Carbs

Let me lay some wisdom on you this Wednesday…

Carbs are absolutely necessary for energy and performance. As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shifts to a higher protein, lower carb concept, it is pertinent to understand that a substantial amount of carbs are still appropriate in the diet to maintain muscle during fat loss. Plus, if you’re feeling tired, it is likely that the timing and the amounts of the carbs aren’t quite fitting what works best for you. Also, the wrong carbs will obviously weigh you down…. pun intended.

Not all carbs are created equal, so it’s important to learn which (and how much) you should be eating. Lower glycemic carbohydrates are going to be your best choices: most fruits, quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole-grain bread, and whole-grain pastas. You’re “bad” carbs will be cakes, cookies, biscuits and French fries, for example. However, I fully believe in balance and moderation. There is no need to skip the birthday cake at your child’s birthday. You must live life.

Your high carb and higher glycemic carbohydrates are best digested around the timing of your daily workouts. You need lesser carbs the further away from your workouts and obviously lesser carbs on the days that you aren’t working out at all.

The takeaway: do not be scared of good carbs but seek nutrition advice for the best prescription for your energy and performance. With the right balance, you’ll have energy for your fave activities—and none of the downsides. For a more in-depth nutrition plan that best suits your lifestyle, contact me today.

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