The other day, I decided to pick up and read a “Muscle and Fitness” magazine that I’ve had for quite a while. As I was reading through, I came across some excellent information about carbohydrates in your diet, and decided to pass it on to you.
(1) We all know that the way to cut fat is to limit our caloric intake. If we burn off more calories than we take in, then then fat will be the next to go. To amplify the fat burning process, try limiting your carbs to 100 grams or less for 4-5 days, and then increase to 250-300 grams for the next 2 days. This puts your metabolism into hyper drive, and you will burn more fat!
(2) Make sure you take in the majority of your daily carbs at breakfast and after training. By doing this, it hinders training-induced muscle breakdown and keeps cortisol in check. Cortisol is a “stress hormone that destroys muscle and slows metabolism.”
(3) Eat 20-40 grams of carbs along with a protein shake 30 minutes or less before you workout. This helps increase workout intensity. This is something I have never done before, and decided to try it for the workout last night, and I had one of the best workouts I’ve had in a while. I ate a bowl of Cheerios, took my protein shake with glutamine, and took my NO-Explode all about 40 minutes before my workout.
(4) It is proven that when you take in complex instead of simple carbs, you will burn more fat throughout the day as well as during exercise.
(5) This is one I have talked to many of you already about, and that is taking in carbs late at night. When you go to bed in a carb-deprived state, you will burn more calories and body fat. So no carbs at night! Consume most of you carbs early in the day!