We’ve all heard about ‘cutting carbs’ or ‘Oh no I can’t eat this, it has too many carbs!’, but what’s the truth behind carbohydrates?
Are they really bad for you and how much of a place do they warrant in your diet?
I’m going to try to keep this really simple without getting too technical. I’ve read a lot about carbs because at one point I too was of the opinion that hey, if you cut your carbs and bump up your protein, then you’d get shredded and lose fat and build muscle all at once. But the truth is slightly more complicated than that.
You will definitely lose a bunch of fat when you cut carbs, but what you don’t realize is that this comes with lethargy, weakness, reduced performance while training, and not to mention the big hit that your metabolism takes.
A lot of people are very carb-sensitive, so when they try switching back to a normal diet or give up the low-carb or no-carb diet, they blow up and gain weight really fast.
So what should you do?
In the long run, carbs are in fact great! They help build lean muscle and help you perform to your fullest when had at the correct time in the correct form.
What do I mean by this?
Try supplementing your diet with most of your daily carb intake during breakfast and pre and post your training.
What kind of carbs should you be looking at?
Quick-digesting carbs like boiled potatoes or white rice pre-workout, and complex carbs like oats and sweet potatoes (even brown rice) for the two other times!
An ideal ratio for fat loss or lean muscle gain that I’ve found to work in my case is –
- 50% protein
- 30% carbs
- 20% healthy fats
Of course, speaking of no carbs warrants a mention of Keto, but that’s an entirely different scenario with a phase in and phase out period. That diet too should be done only in moderation. We’ll have another piece on Keto coming up soon.
Until next time.
Hope this was helpful!