• Best Carbs For Growth



      By Flex Staff

      For all but those in precontest mode, carbs should comprise the bulk of your diet as they create an environment for growth by stimulating insulin release.

      FLEX has compiled this list of seven great high-carb bites that bodybuilders--especially hardgainers--can use to enhance muscle recovery and pack on muscle mass. Keep in mind, these foods are best for bulking and aren't considered to be foundational carbohydrates for precontest bodybuilders or those trying to rip up.

      1. BREAKFAST CEREAL

      Benefit: Convenient high-calorie food Breakfast cereals with at least two grams (g) of fiber per serving can be converted into good offseason bodybuilding foods. Fiber slows digestion, making cereal a good source of energy that can be eaten at any time. For the best results, double the serving size, mix in one rounded scoop of whey protein and enough milk to bring the carb content to about 60 g and the protein content to 30 g.

      2. BAGELS

      Benefit: Versatile Bagels are a concentrated source of carbohydrates (a medium-sized bagel has 40-50 g). They also make offseason mass nutrition easy—no cooking or serious food-prep time needed. For added benefits, choose varieties with more whole grains, such as pumpernickel and rye.

      3. BRAN MUFFINS

      Benefit: A mass builder with fiber You can determine a quality bran muffin by reading the label, but your best bet may be to make your own. Purchase any high-fiber cereal that has a muffin recipe on the side of the box. Substitute honey for sugar, add two or three scoops of whey protein to the mix, and you have a high-carb, protein-rich snack. Fiber in the cereal makes the end product low glycemic or "slow burning," which is ideal for bodybuilders who struggle to stay relatively lean while bulking up.

      4. CREAM OF RICE CEREAL

      Benefit: Extremely easy to digest Cream of Rice is easily digested and makes an excellent offseason food. Two-thirds of a cup mixed with water yields 65 g of easy-to-digest carbs. After cooking, add a banana, a cup of cottage cheese and some Equal or a few pinches of cinnamon, and you have a well-rounded meal with 30 g of protein and 90 g of carbohydrates.

      5. MASHED POTATOES

      Benefit: Strong insulinogenic carb When you're trying to grow, you need fast-acting carbs in your postworkout meal because they generate a greater insulin surge and are great for rapidly restoring glycogen levels. At 42 g of carbs per cup, you can eat two or three cups of mashed potatoes without feeling overly stuffed or bloated.

      6. WHITE RICE WITH RAISINS

      Benefit: Nonfilling high-glycemic carbs Two cups of white rice mixed with a handful of raisins provide 115 g of carbohydrates—an ideal postworkout combo to help resynthesize muscle glycogen. As with mashed potatoes, you can use white rice with raisins as a side dish with meals. The combo can also be added to a meat-vegetable-nut stir-fry for a tasty meal that's perfect for muscle building.

      7. PASTA

      Benefit: Condensed source of carbs For bumping up carb intake, pasta has always been a great choice. Four ounces (dry measure) yield 90 g of carbs that are easy to eat and won't fill you up, so you'll be ready to eat again within three hours. Adding meat and vegetables to pasta makes a complete meal that is high in carbohydrates, protein and calories.

      Source: http://www.flexonline.com/nutrition/...ky-seven-carbs
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. Matthersby's Avatar
        Matthersby -
        Processed high-glycemic gluten-rich garbage carbs for shredding up?
        No thanks.
      1. rphash49's Avatar
        rphash49 -
        Confused. Was this carb to eat or not to eat? Wtf
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        Originally Posted by Matthersby View Post
        Processed high-glycemic gluten-rich garbage carbs for shredding up?
        No thanks.
        "Keep in mind, these foods are best for bulking and aren't considered to be foundational carbohydrates for precontest bodybuilders or those trying to rip up."


        Exact words from the thread...

        Bulking and getting ripped are just two different things altogether.
      1. tylershields's Avatar
        tylershields -
        If you think this article is complete bs. Chances are you don't know s*** about pre and post workout nutrition
      1. Matthersby's Avatar
        Matthersby -
        Because I don't eat food made in a factory from wheat engineered in a lab?
        White potatoes, raisins, and organic honey work just fine for pre and post for me.

        FP. Totally misread that part actually. I saw the word "are" not "aren't" and just went into a roidrage of some sort. I used to be so calm....
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        Originally Posted by Matthersby View Post
        Because I don't eat food made in a factory from wheat engineered in a lab?
        White potatoes, raisins, and organic honey work just fine for pre and post for me.

        FP. Totally misread that part actually. I saw the word "are" not "aren't" and just went into a roidrage of some sort. I used to be so calm....
        It's cool. I suppose you are referring to GMO foods?

        Do we even know the long-term health effects of GMO's? I know there are plenty of claims against it but is the evidence overwhelming? Or do you think it is possible that people are fixed on making results of studies tell a certain story?

        Coming from a business analyst perspective, I know what people are capable of when it comes to making facts bias towards one viewpoint over another and since there is so much profits to be had in non-GMO foods, the concern of alterior motives or illegitimate gains is raised in my mind.. gluten-free is an example of a scammish approach to thicker margins on foods. I eat plenty of gluten products and still have a relatively tight stomach. Not too much bloat. Heck, I can eat 16oz of chicken breast and have the same amount of bloat as I do with GMO whole wheat bagels...

        Finding an organization that has no benefit one way or the other to do the testing and research is best since their results will only tell the truth.

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