Scrolling through my newsfeed on Instagram I got an alert that someone just sent me a DM.
It was in the middle of the day and I had just taken a break from working on my super-awesome-secret-project that’s coming out next week (stay tuned), so I had a few moments to check it out.
Lol, how’s that for a plug in? ☺
The message read,
Hey Brooks, I love your content. I was wondering if you could help me out. I noticed that I don’t deal well with carbs at all.
I feel as if I could look at carbs and could gain weight.
What should I do!? Please Help!
This was a great message because I understood exactly where she was coming from.
Right off the bat I knew that she was an endomorph body type and knew that she needed to eat certain carbs at certain times throughout the day so her body could metabolize them better.
Knowing the right carbs to eat at the right time can help with her fitness journey and also reduce bloating.
That being said, no matter your body type here are the best times to eat carbs .
One of the best times to consume carbs is right after you wake up.
Remember that skipping the most important meal of the day can set you up for overeating later in the day.
I always suggest a breakfast that combines complex carbs and fiber with some protein.
To name a few- oatmeal, Greek yogurt, muesli, grapefruit, bananas, eggs, almond butter, watermelon, blueberries are perfect during breakfast.
Coffee and tea are also perfect on the early parts of the day. Caffeine has been linked to a lower risk of several diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer.
Studies also show that it may even help you live longer. A combination of caffeine and antioxidants are responsible for many of the observed health benefits.
Not eating before a workout can result in low blood sugar, which leads to lightheadedness and fatigue throughout training.
Eating carbs pre workout will give you more energy, prevent muscle catabolism and increase muscle anabolism.
Id also pair this with eating a good source of protein so that you’ll also be able to promote protein muscle synthesis.
Pre workout meals should be a combination of simple and complex carbs.
White rice, white potato, sweet potato, ezekial bread, bananas, whole grain bread, oats, fruit and yogurt are perfect choices.
It is very important to introduce carbs and proteins in your diet again after your workout.
Post workout meals should be focused more on simple carbs.
Consuming the right nutrients after you exercise is just as important as what you eat before.
Exercise triggers the breakdown of muscle protein.
Your body's glycogen stores are used during workouts. Eating carbs after your workout helps replenish them.
White rice, white potato, Quinoa, Rice cakes, and even some cereals would be good choices.
Cutting carbohydrates from your diet won't do your workouts any favors.
Its also important to note to stay away from fats pre and post workout due to slowing down the digestion process.
We want to make sure we get those nutrients immediately into our bodies.
Do yourself a favor and follow the above tips!
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