This is a question I get asked a lot!
Here’s the lowdown on carbs.....
Not all carbs are the same and it is the type, quality and quantity of carbohydrate in our diet that is important.
WHY SHOULD WE EAT CARBS?
Carbs give us energy - they are the bodies preferred energy source, despite the fact that protein and fats can also be used.
Carbs can help with weight loss. They contain fewer calories gram for gram than fat so can help keep your calories down whilst ensuring you remain satisfied.
WHAT CARBS SHOULD I EAT?
Fruit, vegetables, pulses and starchy foods (sweet potatoes, rice, pasta, oats etc.)
WHAT CARBS SHOULD I AVOID?
Sweets, chocolates, biscuits, pastries, cakes and soft drinks with added sugar.
WHEN SHOULD I EAT?
Don’t get hung up on nutrient timing, however, if fat loss is your goal then pay attention!
Carbs should “orbit” your training;
Pre training: Carbs for fuel
Post training: Carbs to replenish and refuel
On non- training or rest days, the bulk of your carbs should come from vegetables and some fruit.
I hope this helps to dispel some of the confusing information around carbohydrates.