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Carbs aren't ALWAYS the ENEMY

Jun 10, 2014

Carbohydrates. Scary word isn't it?

When we think of carbs we think of the dreaded white foods that contribute to pounds on the scale and high blood sugar. This thought isn't void of truth. White, processed carbohydrates are one of the leading causes of obesity and dietary related disease (i.e. diabetes). If you're trying to lose weight, and if you're not yet at risk for developing disease, carbohydrate consumption can lend a hand at hindering or halting your weight loss.

Carbohydrates, however, are a necessary macronutrient that you must include in a healthy eating lifestyle. You simply have to choose the ones that are going to help, instead of hurt, your progress and eventual maintenance.

If you're traveling down the road of LOW-CARBDOM, here's a list of a few signs you're actually going a little too low with your intake:

  • Your workout performance isn't improving or may even be lacking
  • You're feeling a little fuzzy and lacking cognition
  • You tend to be cranky and hard to be around
  • Your trips to the bathroom are few and far between (ahem...number 2)
  • Your weight loss and muscle definition has stalled or is reversing

Granted there is such a thing as too much carbohydrate. I mean, look around at what your fellow Americans are eating. But, if you're an avid exerciser and are on a mission to lose weight, burn fat, build muscle, maintain your weight, and feel energized, you have to keep your tank full...of the RIGHT carbs.

But what are the right carbs?

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Beets
  • Butternut squash
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Acorn squash
  • Apples
  • Citrus
  • Berries
  • Bananas

The list goes on, but notice that we didn't include bread, pasta and rice!

The other thing to consider is when you should be eating the bulk of these carbs. When it comes to fat loss and performance, nutrient timing is key to success!

Here's the part where I leave you hanging! Find out more about nutrient timing as it relates to fat loss by sending me an email requesting more information: ftgreensboro@fitnesstogether.com. Or, you can give me a call...336-545-3065.

I'd love to help you out!

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