Carbohydrates, it isn’t latin for ‘Foods you should avoid’…..
A common misconception in the world of fat loss and aesthetics is that the only way to burn fat and get shredded is to cut down body carbohydrate.
Here are three reasons carbohydrates should be included in your daily foods.
1) Increased fat loss
A common concept in the fitness world is that decreased or no carbohydrate consumption will force the body to burn body fat instead. Whilst this can be true especially in the initial stages the body will detect this and attempt to remain efficient by decreasing your metabolic rate (the amount of energy your body burns at rest). In other words the body responds to a decrease in available carbohydrate by improving its own efficiency and burning less fat. The other side of this is that it will discourage muscle growth as the body will not want to waste the energy it takes to build and maintain muscle when it’s worried about available energy.
2) Improved Performance
Glycogen is a chain of sugars that the body can store in the muscles to be utilised as readily available energy. Decreased carbohydrate consumption decreases the levels of glycogen stored in the muscle. The absence of glycogen requires the body to rely more heavily on more complex sources of energy therefore more time and energy is required to create energy. This can lead to decrease in strength, speed and recovery as well as leaving you feeling depleted during exercise.
3) Improved mental health
There is a hormone in the body called Serotonin. This hormone is responsible for making you feel happy as well as managing stress levels. High levels of serotonin release have been proven to decrease anxiety levels, decrease stress and manage depression.
Carbohydrates from good sources at appropriate intakes should be an essential in any training regimen to prevent metabolic damage, maintain a high metabolic rate, manage blood sugar levels, and improve mood and performance.
To determine the appropriate source and intake stay tuned for future videos or speaks to your coaches at RBT for more information.
Frank ‘Carbaholic’ Bartone