Good Carbs VS. Bad Carbs
Written by Super Member: LT Thomas
There are four macronutrients. Macronutrient is a substance required in large amounts to sustain life and carbohydrates are one of them. Carbohydrates should make up 55-65% of your diet. Some people seem to think that all carbohydrates are bad. Carbohydrates are definitely a must in your diet. These are your bodyís primary source of energy. Carbohydrates include sugars and starches. The problem is that the body is not very efficient at storing carbohydrates. For this reason, carbohydrates are needed in relatively larger amounts than fats and proteins.
There are good carbs and bad carbs. The carbs that you should limit as much as possible are the following: white bread, white rice, and white paste. The body processes white flower as sugar. This is why it is important to limit foods made with white flower. The good carbs are the following: brown rice, sweet potato, red potato, and white potato (not mashed potatoes), corn and whole grain bread (any whole grain products). Certain fruits are better for you than others because of the sugar content. Apples, pears, and berries are less in sugar than most fruits. Even the good carbs can be detrimental if you add the wrong things. When I am preparing for a bodybuilding competition, my body fat is at 5%. Even at 5% body fat, I still make sure to eat my carbs. Donít be scared of your carbs - just be mindful of them.
A typical day of eating when Iím preparing for a show:
- Meal 1: Egg whites Grits or Oatmeal (because of the whole grain)
- Meal 2: Protein Shake and Apple
- Meal 3: Tuna, salad, and whole grain couscous (similar to rice). You can find more about couscous at www.ltpersonaltraining.com/blog.
- Meal 4: Talipa and baked sweet potato
- Meal 5: Ground Turkey and red potatoes
- Meal 6: Grilled Chicken, string beans, and corn
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LT Thomas, BS - Chief Executive of LT Personal Training, Speaker, Competitive Bodybuilder, & Fitness Model. L.T. is available for appearances, speaking engagements, and interviews. If you have questions, you can send an email at email@example.com.