With the popularity of the ketogenic diet, which basically preaches its followers to consume proteins and fats, with a negligible amount of carbohydrates, carbohydrates now become controversial. The once nutrient essential is avoided by many, in their attempts to lose weight, quickly.
But truth be told, avoiding consuming carbohydrates might help you now, but is damaging to the health in the long run. Thankfully, you can trick carbohydrates in your body without it causing weight gain – just by adjusting the time of the day you consumer those carbs!
Let’s begin with the two types of carbohydrates- simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are usually found in sugar, sugary foods and refined flour. They’re simpler to digest and hence get the name. Simple carbs are responsible for the weight gain caused by carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates are found in brown rice, quinoa and vegetables. They also contain fiber and proteins. Our bodies take time to break them down. These are the healthy kind of carbs and must be a part of everyone’s diet.
That being said, simpler carbs aren’t all that bad. They are perfect for filling you up instantly. Hence, eating them while controlling the portions is ideal.
Your body goes through tremendous energy draining activities as your workouts. Hence, a light carbs and protein rich meal a little before the workout would be ideal. This is because, your body would target the dietary carbs as soon as it needs energy, not allowing your body to convert into fats.
The bottom line is that carbs may show better results on your body when you consume them before your workout. Also, prefer eating complex carbs to simple carbs as they are healthier and richer in nutrients, and also low in calories.