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Carbs are not the enemy

Carbs are not the enemy

Why carbohydrates really aren’t as bad as they are made out to be!

For many of us the first thing we reach for post gym session is protein. Be it a shake or in meal form. Many of us avoid carbohydrates at all costs and some of us before as well as after workout. However we really shouldn’t and here is why:

  1. Refuel yourself

Eating carbohydrates straight after a workout replenishes muscle glycogen levels quicker. Eating high glycogen foods that are easy to digest is a really good idea. Think potatoes, pineapple, melon or apricots or even some whole grain bread. The pineapple and melon in particular can also be a great way to re-hydrate.

  1. After workout is best

Think about it, following a workout is the time your body is least likely to turn carbs into body fat. It continues to turn any fuel into energy for some time post workout. It is a great time to take on carbs. Studies also show that people that don’t eat carbs after a workout are more likely to eat unhealthier snacks later in the day – when your body isn’t in fuel burn mode.

  1. It helps protein to help your muscle

By eating some carbs following a workout it boosts insulin levels in the body. Insulin is hugely important as it helps your body use amino acids in the protein to help your muscles repair quicker. You do need to be careful of spiking your insulin levels though.

  1. It will stop you cheating later

As already mentioned, by eating Carbohydrates immediately after a workout our bodies aren’t going to convert it to fat. If it has been a full on “endurance’ workout you will simply need carbohydrates to replace lost energy in the body anyway. But the main point here is that if you take them on now you are less likely to feel you need them later. Later your body wont be as effective at utilizing the energy and will therefore turn it into fat.

  1. You will train harder next time

When you want to really go for it in the gym you need more than just desire! You need the glucose and glycogen that you get from, yep you guessed it, carbs! Some people are familiar with marathon runners or endurance athletes ‘carb loading’ but studies also show that HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) exercise also demands a good representation of carbohydrates in the body.

  1. You’ll feel better

Have you ever tried cutting carbohydartes out? It can help with weight loss for sure, but it is short term. Once they are back in your diet the weight will be back on, a very short term and frankly unhealthy habit. Not only that, when you cut carbs out you start to feel lethargic, sluggish and therefore perform poorly if at all. Again, this is a short-term, ineffective solution to a long-term target, your good health.

There you have it, don’t be afraid of them, embrace them. Like anything in fitness you need to find what works for you and incorporate it into your routine. Look for good carbs and enjoy them! i-motion gym is passionate about helping people to reach their fitness goals and hopes that you find the above information useful. If you would like any further advice then please feel free to pop into a gym and speak to one of our Personal Trainers who wiil be happy to help you. Good luck in reaching your personal targets and good health.

iMotion Gym are proud to have up to and over 100+ classes a week and if you want to try something a bit different why not visit www.i-motiongym.com/classes to book on one. Remember a habit is just a learnt behavior, they can be positive or negative, good luck in developing these positive gym habits! iMotion.

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