Introduction To Carbohydrates
Tap Your Fuel Source
By getting quality carbohydrate sources you'll experience:
- Steady energy levels
- Solid recovery rates from your workouts
- Stable metabolism
All Carbs Aren't Equal
Quality carbs are complex such as whole grain cereals, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and vegetables. They're digested more slowly and will also feed your body necessary nutrients over time.
Simple carbs like cakes, cookies, candy, ice cream, white bread, and baked goods are usually lower in healthy nutrients and higher in calories. They'll spike your metabolism, leaving you in an energy slump later.
Fruit is an exception to the simple carb rule. Try to pick lower sugar fruits or fruits high in fiber – options like cranberries, melon and apple.
Manage Your Carbs
Not going to be doing much during the evening? Focus on protein, healthy fats and vegetables in your meals. If you know you're going low-carb, take carbs before and after your workout to prepare your muscles with glycogen - readily usable energy. Getting carbohydrates immediately after your workout is important to help shuttle vital protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to your muscles and start the recovery process fast.
Kick-start Your Workouts
One very popular choice for post-workout carb is waxy maize. Waxy maize is fast digesting and can help replenish the glycogen energy stores in your body after exercise.* Waxy maize mixes well and comes in many different flavors.
Other great carbohydrate supplements are Vitargo, Dextrose, Maltodextrin and Karbolyn. All of these are going to promote overall muscle recovery and get you back on your feet after an intense workout.* You can always mix protein and carbs as a post-workout shake to make things easier!
Conquer Carb Confusion
To keep things easy, think basic. Ask yourself whether the carb in question has come straight from the ground or if it's gone to some manufacturer to be processed. If it's been processed and put in a package, it likely isn't the best choice to eat.
Keep it natural and you'll be set up for results.