Everyone is always so scared to add carbohydrates to their diet. They think carbs are what contributes to weight gain. There’s a food pyramid for a reason and you need all levels of the pyramid for your body to fire on all cylinders.
In fact, carbohydrates are a major source of fuel for your muscles.
Carbs are partially converted to glycogen, which is stored in muscle, and the preferred source to power your workouts. A general rule of thumb is for men and women partaking in some degree of strength training at least twice a week to obtain half of their calories from carbohydrates per day.
Now, that doesn’t mean you should be loading up on “junk carbs” like pizza, bagels or soft pretzels! You should be aiming to add good quality carbohydrates that are low in fat for the best strength-training boost.
Here are some great ways to add “quality” carbohydrates to your diet:
– whole-grain breads (the less ingredients in it the better)
– sweet potatoes
Stay tuned for a great Fall Recipe next week that incorporates all these major macronutrients we’ve discussed…not only will it be delicious but it will also fuel your body all morning!
NOTE: If you’re not sure how to go about structuring your diet to feel full of energy, be at your best, and optimize your health, we highly recommend finding a Nutrition Coach or other professional to help shine some light! Don’t let your motivation run thin by all of the uncertainty surrounding proper nutrition. You can look around online for someone you like, or you can set up a free phone consultation today to see if we’re a good fit! Either way, don’t hesitate to be your absolute best….the world needs YOU!