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Ask The Ripped Dude: Consuming Carbs For Fat Loss—4 Tips

I've graced more than 28 magazine covers in the last 3 years. The global fitness industry has branded me 'The World's Most Ripped Fitness Model.'
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I'm trying to lose fat. Do you have any tips for carb intake?

Your understanding of how carbs work and when you should eat them will be fundamental to attaining your low-fat physique. You can definitely keep carbs in your diet and burn that unwanted fat, but you'll need a solid plan. Let's hit the basics first.

Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient. They are your body's preferred energy source, and they're a great source of fuel for any physical activity you might do during the day. But, if you don't use carbs the right way at the right times, they can add an enormous amount of fat to your body.

Here's the right way to eat carbs and stick to your goals:

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Wakey, Wakey: Eggs and Oatmeal!

It's best to consume carbs in the morning when your body is calorie-deprived from sleeping. Your glucose tolerance is typically at its highest during the morning, so having breakfast with a big portion of your daily carb intake is very important.

Complex, slow-absorbing carbs like oatmeal are great choices for a delicious, nutritious breakfast.

2
Need a Good Finisher? Eat Carbs

It's also a great choice to consume your carbs right after you work out. Your body is ready and primed to suck up the carbs for recovery and energy replenishment.

Fast-absorbing carbs like fruits, fruit juices, and honey contain simple sugars that are great to have roughly 1 hour after you train. If you go by the numbers, I would shoot for 40 to 60 grams of post-workout carbs.

3
Cancel Your Nightly Bowl of Chips

Unless you do a late-night gym session, avoid eating carbs at night. My rule is that, generally, you shouldn't eat carbs after 7 p.m. If you consume carbs when your body isn't doing enough physical activity to burn them, then your body will just store them as fat.

4
Don't Put All Your Carbs In One Basket

Your complex and fibrous carbs like legumes, whole grains, and veggies should be spread out evenly throughout your meals. That means you should eat veggies with all of your meals except breakfast.

Don't eat all of your daily carbs in one sitting. Instead, spread them out over small portions to keep your energy high and your body fueled.

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ilovegreg05

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ilovegreg05

everything about this article is false

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fblb56

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fblb56

Please elaborate..... although the info is generalized, it is not false.

Feb 21, 2012 7:54pm | report
armoBOSSDOGG

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armoBOSSDOGG

it really does not matter when or where you consume carbs, only how many grams of carbs you consumer per day. i would love to see studies proving that only carbs consumed past 7 p.m. get stored as fat.

the only thing that really matters is daily macro and calorie intake. anything else (ie. such as nutrient timing, "good" carbs vs "bad" carb) is pseudoscience.

Feb 21, 2012 11:59pm | report
StackingPlates

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StackingPlates

It actually is filled with misinformation and I've got plenty of details why on my site...

Mar 7, 2012 1:52pm | report
angelmotorsport

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angelmotorsport

Normally a big fan of yours obi but I eat all my carbs in one sitting post workout. i dont see why i would spread them out?

Feb 21, 2012 8:04pm | report
 
Tabur

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Tabur

because carbs are much more fast-absorving than proteins or fats and their main purpose on our metabolic system is to fuel it. If you even them out, chances are that you will be burning them as you take them (or metabolizing it into muscle tissue) instead of storing them as fat.

Feb 23, 2012 11:33am | report
bahl

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bahl

From what I've learned through reading tons of Alan Aragon studies and articles - you can eat carbs whenever you want and they wont be stored as fat so long as it doesn't put you over your daily caloric intake needs.

Feb 21, 2012 8:04pm | report
 
metashift

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metashift

Exactly!

Apr 16, 2012 9:02pm | report
SYAIDZ89

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SYAIDZ89

yea ure right

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DIWestWrdHealth

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DIWestWrdHealth

Great content Obi! Practical

Feb 21, 2012 11:23pm | report
 
ImWeakTightUCLA

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ImWeakTightUCLA

All true if you are on the juice, if not move on.

Feb 22, 2012 2:51am | report
 
PittsburghStruK

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PittsburghStruK

too general. I can see this being posted on yahoo.com but on bodybuilding.com, different story.

give more about-

-pre-workout carbs?
-fast digesting carbs vs. slow digesting carbs?
-carbs to bodyweight ratio?
-foods to consider?

Feb 22, 2012 6:40am | report
 
beaul

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beaul

I stopped reading at -

"Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient."

Feb 22, 2012 8:59am | report
 
JlatLy

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loll same here

Feb 22, 2012 11:37am | report
skidmarq

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skidmarq

Almost all of the Obi articles are filled with misinformation and plain broscience. It just makes me feel a bit sorry for those who would blindly follow his "advice" based on his profile pictures.

Feb 23, 2012 9:24am | report
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fmphillips

Like!

Mar 7, 2012 12:14pm | report
metashift

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metashift

haha... me too!

Apr 16, 2012 9:03pm | report
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DCHodges36

lol at beaul, "I stopped reading at..."

Feb 22, 2012 2:16pm | report
 
xxdanny8xx

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xxdanny8xx

i hate to be a nay-sayer.... BUUUUUTTTTTTT...

this is completely wrong. ive personally lost 20 lb in a cut NOT using this "theory". maybe this is more for the joe coachpotato... but not for bb's like all of us here.

thats like saying to someone new, you dont need to lift weights AND do cardio, just take more supplements... LOL

Feb 22, 2012 2:51pm | report
 
QDollar

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QDollar

This article cleared up the confusion I had on carbs.
Great article. Very helpful.

Feb 22, 2012 5:23pm | report
 
hardrockinfool

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hardrockinfool

good article!!! if you say it its probably true haha

Feb 22, 2012 6:57pm | report
 
Embargo22

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Embargo22

I like how pudgy people with no definition are criticizing this article.

Feb 23, 2012 4:55am | report
 
skidmarq

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skidmarq

At least you don't have an elitist attitude...

Feb 23, 2012 10:30am | report
dbman4

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dbman4

I like how you don't have a profile picture but are calling other people pudgy

Feb 25, 2012 7:23pm | report
Tabur

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Tabur

Article is not false. What the article says applies for most people, and is quite true. If you ingest all your nutrients and calories in one meal, chances are most of them will be stored as fat because of the insulin levels in the blood and hepatic activity. Afterwards, since you are not taking in any calories, your base metabolism drops and you won't burn as many calories as you normally would with a properly planned diet. Thus, you get fat.

In other words, constantly "using" the calories you digest is the optimum for fat loss purposes.

Feb 23, 2012 11:31am | report
 
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