Why Carbohydrates Are Important

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Are you struggling to get through your workouts and feel physically exhausted after your workouts? Are lacking in energy every day? This might be due to lack of carbohydrates.

The past couple months, I have felt this way. After my workout, I would have my protein shake with water and within 30 minutes, I was ready to go back to bed! I was so physically exhausted I hardly had the energy to do anything! I chatted with some other fitness professionals and we figured out that I needed to add more starchy or complex carbs to my diet. Not only around my workouts, but in my first 3 meals also.

Why starchy or complex carbs? These carbohydrates take longer to break down and offer a more sustained supply of energy for the body.

complex carbohydrates

When choosing complex carbs, choose foods that are wholegrain, such as breads, oats and brown rice. Other foods you want to choose are sweet potatoes, yams, beans, and lentils. These complex carbs should be eaten in the first 3 meals of your day or before 3pm.

fibrous carbohydrates The remaining meals should contain fibrous carbs, such as asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, salsa, cucumber or green beans. These are all fine to eat throughout the day, but should be the only carbs you plan in your meals after 3pm.

Using these tips will not only help with your energy level, but will also help to aid in your weight loss goals.

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