BEWARE EVIL RICE CAKE ALERT....
I had a chat with someone yesterday that was told by their 'coach' not to eat rice cakes at bedtime
That they were too high G.I. and that you would not 'burn off' the energy
Well, this isn't true, if you want a rice cake, or any carb at bedtime, you got for it
(carbs aren't bad for you, lets nail that one right here)
The only thing that will make you fat (outside of genetic and metabolic issues), so for 98% of the population....
IS EATING TOO MUCH
Here are 6 Reasons you should eat CARBS.....
1. To fuel maximal, glycolitic, exercise performance. Without carbs you can't perform HARD exercise optimally - performance will be sub standard without sufficient carbohydrate in the diet
2. It supports your metabolism by keeping your Thyroid in check. A low carb diet, over a period of time, will down regulate Thyroid function leaving you at risk of lowering your metabolic rate, not good for fat loss.
3. Carbs can be highly nutritious, both from fruit and vegetable sources, and starches also. But when it comes down to your starch choice, oats, sweet potatoes, starchy vegetables etc are elite in comparison to bread and pasta nutritionally, but that doesnt mean bread and pasta are bad, not at all
Always optimise the calories you eat to be as nutritious as possible, where possible.
4. Carbs are essential in recovery. Exercise is glycogen depleting, so having carbs after exercise, or in your daily diet is essential to replace what is lost via training, assess what type of training you do and re-fuel appropriately, which ties into point 1.
5. Carb restricting for long periods of time can make you have poor concentration, be lazy, and lethargic. Long term depletion of any macro or micro nutrient will have down regulatory effects on your energy, central nervous system, and overall well-being / physical function.
6. They taste good.
Don't be afraid of carbs
Carbs won't make you fat, eating too much will
Your carb content should always be focused on fruit and vegetables as calorie for calorie they are the most nutritious
Hence I would always recommend potatoes over pasta nutritionally, but that's no reason to avoid any particular wholesome carb
Just be wary of the peanut butter you put on it, those calories can add up quickly....
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