First, let’s go over what carbohydrates are.Carbs are a type of macro nutrient found in certain foods and drinks. Sugars, starches, and fiber are carbs.High carb foods: Pasta, bread, fruits and vegetables.
How does your body process carbs?
The body breaks down carbs into glucose. Your body uses this glucose as energy. The amount of carbs you consume directly impacts your blood sugar levels. That’s why people who don’t eat enough carbs tend to have low blood sugar.
Simple carbs versus complex carbs.
Complex carbs are often referred to as the “healthy carbs.” They don’t cause as much of a spike in your blood sugar levels and they contain vitamins and fiber that your body needs. Simple carbs can cause weight gain is consumed on high levels.
Often times we, especially females, are terrified of too many carbs in our diet. Sometimes we avoid them all together. However, this can have extremely negative impacts on your training and your goals. Carbs are our main source of energy and are needed to properly perform in the gym.
You should have a high carb meal before your gym session and a moderate carb meal post gym session to replace what you just used.
How to use Ideal meals for proper carb timing: My favorite pre-gym meal is the sweet potato crusted chicken! And post gym I love the pool chicken with plantains.