You don’t have to go far to see a ton of stuff talking about how if you want to get in shape you shouldn’t be eating carbs. The Keto diet is huge right now among those who weight lift. But is this really the best way to get those muscle gains you so desire?
Carbohydrates when in an artificial form are terrible for us. White bread/flour can actually cause weight gain. Pizza and sugary cereals are not good for our gains. But despite a lot of unhealthy carbs there are some that are vital for muscle growth and energy to kill it in the gym.
Carbohydrates when they come from complex carbs or whole grain carbs like whole wheat bread/pasta, sweet potatoes, whole grain oats, brown or wild rice, quinoa, couscous, and other whole grain sources are just what our bodies need to push ourselves in the gym and give us that energy we need.
On training days I usually hit 45-50% carbohydrates. The remaining percentage is made of up about 30-35% protein and 15-20% fat. Eating a balanced meal that includes protein and whole grain carbs about an hour and a half before you workout will carry you through your workout and help you crush it at the gym which will work your muscles out even harder.
The reason you don’t want to eat right before the gym, is your body uses energy to digest food and by eating about an hour and a half before your workout you’ve given your body time to digest most of this so that your body’s energy reserves are targeted towards what you are lifting at the gym.
So stop being afraid of carbs!
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