Don't be "Carb" phobic. Especially when you are an athlete and you need the energy to perform the best that you can. You need the carbohydrates (energy in the form of food) to help your body move- to feel strong, fueled up, and energized. Well, if I do eat carbs (you might say), when is the best time to eat them? Well, check this out:
Nutrient timing when talking about starch and carbs is is so important to understand- as it is more about when you eat certain foods rather than what you eat. As you sleep, your body is using the energy (or sugar), which is given off by your liver, in order to help you sleep- yes, you are burning calories and using energy while you slumber. By the time you get up in the morning, your glycogen levels are low and to replenish these stores, you need to eat your oatmeal or whole wheat toast in the morning. Go ahead and eat your starchy carbs as soon as you get up in the morning or within an hour before or after your workout. Don't fear eating your carbs- just know when to eat them and your body will be more efficient at burning this energy and won't store it as fat.
Be smarter than your body and understand- it is not what you eat, but when you eat it!
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