Carbohydrates and Weight Gain

Before we begin, let’s just remind ourselves of the most popular foods rich in carbohydrates:

• White bread
• Pasta
• White rice
• Potatoes
• White flour

It would be best if you could avoid these altogether, as they offer zero nutritional value, and just pack on the pounds. However, together they form a very large part of modern cuisine and it may not be possible for you to abstain entirely, especially if your work or personal life requires frequent visits to restaurants and other people’s cooking. That’s why you need to be aware of some ground rules, so that you don’t have to keep saying no, but you can avoid the worst of the brunt.

Carb Variation

Carbs are cowards and will rarely attack when not backed up by their buddies. That means that if you don’t want to live without carbohydrates, you have to make sure to consume only one type per day. The habit that leads to weight gain is a routine that involves white bread in the morning, white rice for lunch, and pasta for dinner. This trifecta of carb power will lay waste to your hard work at the gym within weeks.

Bottom line: only consume one source of carbohydrates per day.

Carb Timing

Carbs will only put on weight if they are allowed to rest after consumption. If you carb up before going to bed then you will allow the carbs to do the maximum damage possible. This is because you are at your minimum energy consumption rate whilst sleeping, and so your body is the most prone to storing fat. If you are going to eat your ONE type of carb per day then make it as soon as possible after waking up and an hour or two before a strenuous workout. That way you will burn up all the energy supplied by the carbs, rather than letting your body store it. Carbing up before the gym is even viewed as a beneficial strategy by some, as it supplies additional fuel to your workout, and allows you to exercise with more intensity and push your body further.

Bottom line: don’t eat carbs at night – eat them as early in the day as possible, and only on days when you plan to go to the gym soon after consumption.

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