Good Carb/ Bad Carb- 5 Carb Secrets For Getting Lean

 

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Good carb, bad carb, low carb, no carb- what are you supposed to do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By this time we have all heard about the connection between eating high carbohydrate meals and increased levels of body fat (by carbohydrate I mean breads, pastas, rice etc not vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale etc).

 

For most people, eating a high carbohydrate, low fat, low protein diet is a recipe for high blood sugar and high body fat.

 

However, that’s not to say that eating carbs is a bad thing. In fact, the opposite is often true- eating a diet that is completely missing carbs can lead to a whole host of problems.

 

Like many things in life, the truth tends to reside somewhere between the two extremes. Personally I LOVE my carbs and it is not uncommon to see me eating generous portions of pasta, rice, oatmeal or even bread.

 

However, there are some “secrets” I use to help ensure that the carbs I eat don’t end up sitting around my midsection like a big inner tube!

 

  1. NEVER eat carbs on their own

Carbohydrate foods (such as bread, pasta, rice, candy, desserts etc) will raise your blood sugar and insulin and this impedes fat burning. Always eat your carbohydrate
foods with protein. Protein helps to balance out the insulin response through the release of a hormone called glucagon. The only exception to this rule is if you have a piece of whole fruit.

 

  1. Eat more carbs after you exercise

Exercise improves insulin sensitivity and primes your body to metabolize carbohydrates more efficiently. I like to think of it as earning the right to eat my carbs. If I exercise then I can eat them and if I don’t exercise I can’t. Pretty simple but it works.

 

  1. No carbs before bed

Eating a heavy carb meal before bed is a recipe for disaster. While it can help to induce sleep your body simply doesn’t need a high energy meal right before you slip into your lowest metabolic state. The simple act of ditching the carbs after dinner can hasten fat loss dramatically.

 

  1. No carbs during your workout

One of the silliest things I see in the gym is people drinking “sports” drinks while performing cardio. This is not going to help your body to access fat for energy and pretty much negates the fat loss benefits of the exercise! Drink water instead and save the carbs for the post workout period.

 

  1. Starch in the morning and fiber at night

 

This is a technique I have used quite a bit with some great success. I start my day out
with some good starchy carb containing meals (whole grain breads, pasta etc) and then I switch to fibrous carbs (broccoli, spinach, kale etc) for the meals I eat later in the day. The more veggies I eat later in the day the leaner I get. Works like a charm.

 

At the end of the day it will always be calorie balance that will impact your body composition the most. However, these carbohydrate secrets can have a huge impact too. Hope you enjoyed this!

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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