One of the most common things you’ll hear in the fitness industry is that carbs make you fat. Well, it’s true – they CAN.
Believe it or not, when you consume healthy carbs, like non-processed starches and whole fruits the right way (and even cheat foods on certain days), you should never have to worry about storing them on the body as fat.
And when you use this strategy, not only does it make your plan “sustainable” — it can add a whole other dimension to burning fat. But you can’t just lower carbs all week and then go on a food bender every weekend and expect to keep muscle and lose belly fat. It’s simply NOT going to work. BUMMER!
You’ll potentially damage or radically alter your metabolism and send your body all the wrong signals and messages for fat-loss…hello hormones! Strategic carb cycling PREVENTS all of this from happening. BUT — you have to “time” them properly.
FACT: Study after study shows that over 90% of people who attempt a “low carb” or trendy diet gain all or more of their weight back within a year of losing it. That’s because most people time their carbs and other foods the WRONG way and they wonder why the scale won’t budge.
Here are 3 carb timing tricks that you can use to prevent carbs from being stored as fat on the body:
- A good time to eat carbs is early a.m. when metabolic rate is higher and insulin sensitivity is peaking “naturally”. Plus you’ve fasted all night while sleeping so there’s room in the tank to let the carbs in (fats and proteins are better utilized here).
- A better time is 3 to 4 hours before exercise. This will provide sustained energy to prevent muscle loss and prevent the carbs from spilling over because you’re using them as an energy source and to replenish depleted glycogen from the workout.
- But the best time is post workout. Your muscles are like a sponge that’s been rung dry and they want to “soak up” extra nutrients – especially carbohydrates. This meal should contain your largest carb serving for the day. Just make sure you have some protein with it.
When you understand how to time your nutrients precisely, you’ll discover how you can use carbs to master your fat-burning hormones and control your metabolic rate.
But, if you’re not sure how to combine carbs with other specific foods or how to use it in conjunction with the right exercise — you could end up packing on a lot of fat.
Need some help? Check out the ‘Abs Were Made in the Kitchen’ science based food method that I did just before Christmas last year. If you’re interested I can take you through step-by-step, tell you what to eat and when, and you’ll gain the knowledge you need to help you make the right choices.
Research PROVES you can now eat LOTS of your favourite carbs and NEVER store them as fat on your body. A woman’s dream come true. Carb manipulation is exactly what I do to help me lose weight and keep it off!