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    • Carbs For Fat Loss


      by Obi Obadike Bodybuilding.com

      Q 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:

      1/
      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.

      Source: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ask-...loss-tips.html
      Comments 61 Comments
      1. AaronJP1's Avatar
        AaronJP1 -
        Good article.
      1. DouthitD's Avatar
        DouthitD -
        Ok, so I have a question. I don't get done lifting till around 7pm and I know you said unless you do a late night gym session avoid carbs. My meal after working out is usually full of chicken, broccoli, bell peppers and mushrooms and then I take in two bowls of oatmeal because I do an early morning cardio session before PT. Am I taking in to much carbs before bed?
      1. Apollonius's Avatar
        Apollonius -
        If your plan is to lose weight, it's best to minimize carbs until your weight is where you want it to be.

        If your feel that you must have more carbs to support your exercise while you are losing weight, you are exercising too much! Ease up, let your body set itself right.

        Also, the whole grains thing shows that the author is behind the times. Grains are not human food. They need to go.
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        Originally Posted by DouthitD View Post
        Ok, so I have a question. I don't get done lifting till around 7pm and I know you said unless you do a late night gym session avoid carbs. My meal after working out is usually full of chicken, broccoli, bell peppers and mushrooms and then I take in two bowls of oatmeal because I do an early morning cardio session before PT. Am I taking in to much carbs before bed?
        Depends more on how long before bed you are eating them more than anything else. So long as theres still 90 minutes or so for insulin levels to go back down, its fine.
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        Originally Posted by Apollonius View Post
        Also, the whole grains thing shows that the author is behind the times. Grains are not human food. They need to go.
        "behind the times" says who? A bunch of other nutritionists, with no scientific data backing them either. Gluten sensitivity seems to be way over-reported. Here's an article on that

        http://bostonherald.com/entertainmen...ways_necessary

        If you feel better after cutting white bread out of your diet that doesn't mean you were gluten intolerant before.

        Claims of being gluten-sensitive, the authors write, “seem to increase daily, with no adequate scientific support to back them up. ... This clamor has increased and moved from the Internet to the popular media, where gluten has become ‘the new diet villain.’”
      1. xGenericx's Avatar
        xGenericx -
        Theres some conflicting research on whether carbs after exercise is actually a good thing.
      1. DouthitD's Avatar
        DouthitD -
        I usually don't eat any carbs until lunch time because I have read that your testosterone levels spike around 9am and carbs before that plays an adverse roll in it. So, should I eat all of my carbs (oat meal and fruit) in the morning, snack, lunch and pre work out and then after my work out just my protein shake, chicken and veggies?
      1. AutoKal47's Avatar
        AutoKal47 -
        "Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient"

        False, end of the reading.
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        Originally Posted by AutoKal47 View Post
        "Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient"

        False, end of the reading.
        that was a pretty funny line
      1. anaboliko's Avatar
        anaboliko -
        No carbs at night? better in the morning? bro science at its best. This article is total BS.
      1. AaronJP1's Avatar
        AaronJP1 -
        Originally Posted by anaboliko View Post
        No carbs at night? better in the morning? bro science at its best. This article is total BS.
        Elaborate?
      1. hvactech's Avatar
        hvactech -
        carbs at night for the win...
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        Originally Posted by AaronJP1 View Post
        Elaborate?
        its just that. there is 0 science backing it, if anything there is science that shows carbs later in the day being more beneficial.
      1. AaronJP1's Avatar
        AaronJP1 -
        Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post

        its just that. there is 0 science backing it, if anything there is science that shows carbs later in the day being more beneficial.
        I personally eat them when I feel like it lol
      1. hvactech's Avatar
        hvactech -
        most do respond to lower carb or carb cycling for weight loss, although this article has no relation to the last cut i did with a "high" carb diet....
      1. AaronJP1's Avatar
        AaronJP1 -
        Originally Posted by hvactech View Post
        most do respond to lower carb or carb cycling for weight loss, although this article has no relation to the last cut i did with a "high" carb diet....
        What did u do? Just decrease cal?
      1. hvactech's Avatar
        hvactech -
        Originally Posted by AaronJP1 View Post
        What did u do? Just decrease cal?
        i still was in a cal deficient but kept carbs higher than one would think...over time i stopped playing into what the masses believe you have to do to cut and bulk, works good for me....plus i LOVE carbs....
      1. EBF_2356's Avatar
        EBF_2356 -
        Originally Posted by AutoKal47 View Post
        "Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient"

        False, end of the reading.
        Case closed...thanks for saving me writing that
      1. Vengeance187's Avatar
        Vengeance187 -
        Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
        if anything there is science that shows carbs later in the day being more beneficial.
        If you eat all your protein in the first half of the day...
      1. AaronJP1's Avatar
        AaronJP1 -
        I understand not eating processed carbs that sort of garbage.
        The part I Want to understand is a slow carb vs. A fast carb. Let's say a red potato plus a sweet potato, nutrients aside...,
        Do people put faith in that faster carbs such as a white potato will most likely be stored as fat over slower carb as a sweet potato?

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