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Quick and Easy Guide To Carbs

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Carbs……Uh oh…..the “C” word.

Well maybe they aren’t as bad as we’ve been led to believe. Maybe we need to know a bit more about carbs and then do a little bit of math to make sure we’re getting the right amount. So, here we go:

1.) What is “Carbohydrate”? For our purposes, it’s a source of energy. Often a quick one–your body can convert carbs to energy quickly–this can be good but it can be bad too, so remember this: “Carbs are quick(er) energy”.
2.) Types of carbs? Simple and complex. Complex carbs tend to burn a bit slower.


3.)  What are “good” carbs? Knowing that there are some different views on what is good and bad, let’s roll with this list:
Vegetables (Green, some starch)
Fruit (Small amounts–because of higher sugar content)
Legumes (Beans)
Grains.(I can cover a lot of ground on why grains are good or bad. I probably will go down that road at some point. In the short term, when it comes to grains, the less processing, the better.)
Sugar: It’s a carb, and not a good one. Is a pinch of sugar in your coffee going to ruin your day? probably not. Will eating a highly processed sweet or even high sugar content drink (soda, Gatorade, juice) get in the way of your goals? Yes.

4.) How many carbs should I eat? Simple: you should eat enough to support your energy levels. On the days you work out, a little more after you WOD. On the days you are off, maybe a little less. What’s the right amount? It takes a little experimentation and it depends on your goals.

A good guide to follow is between 1.5 and 2.5 grams of Carbohydrate per pound of body weight.

Another easy way to measure is to have a “Fist Sized” portion of carbs on your plate for meals.

That’s it.  Some quick info on carbs.

Keep an eye out on for this blog for our next post when we’ll take a look at FAT.

 

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