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Know when to eat carbs in a day | Kartikeya Chaturvedi

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Blog By: Kartikeya Chaturvedi

 

It is often said that you need to curb the cravings for carbohydrates in order to lose the extra chunk from that belly. But surreptitiously many who say that, do consume the carbohydrates- But there is a catch !
They fulfill their cravings at the right time of the day

So what is the right time, when you can easily get away , even after consuming those carbs which are often considered the culprit in increasing the waist size of your denims?

Not once, but you can take the carb thrice in a daytime ! Yes, its true. Read the following to know how:

Here’s How You Need To Time Your Carbohydrate Intake

1) Morning/Breakfast
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When you wake up in the morning your body is in a state of fasting. The glycogen reserves are low and they need to be restored. Carbohydrate consumption at this time would be ideal as the glycogen produced will be used by the body for energy rather than being stored as adipose tissue, or fat.

2) Pre-Workout Meal
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A pre-workout meal is an absolute necessity for optimum performance. And carbs should be the main constituent of the meal. The glycogen produced will be immediately taken up by the muscle and put to use as you workout. Pro tip: eat oatmeal mixed with a scoop of protein powder at least 30-45 minutes before the workout.

3) Post Workout

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Muscle glycogen reserves are the lowest after a workout session and if not refueled in time, the body starts breaking muscle aminos to produce glycogen. This results in weak and thin muscles. Aminos should help build muscle and not produce glycogen. Also, carbs help shuttle insulin to the muscle cells and assist protein in repairing the worn out muscles. In short, if you ignore carbs in your post-workout meal, you will feel more tired, lose some lean muscle and feel extremely sore from the workout.

Please keep it in mind that this strategy is for people who at least work out for about 45 minutes daily and predominantly eats clean. Midnight junk food eaters and weekend gym warriors can continue thinking about their next gluten lathered meal.


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