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Simple Carbs For Rookies
November 15, 2005
Now that you know the importance of good carbohydrates, you are
going to learn about one of your body`s worst enemies, simple carbs. Simple
carbs are everywhere and can easily be consumed if you are not careful with
your food choices. Distinguishing the difference between complex and simple
carbs is also confusing. A good way to remember is by the "s`s." Simple and
sugar both begin with an "s" and sugar is what you want to avoid right? So avoid simple carbs.
Simple carbs are basically just sugars added to processed foods.
You can find them in soda`s, honey, cakes, many breakfast cereals, and even
beer. Don`t be fooled into buying something that is fat free. Educate
yourself by reading food labels on what is healthy and what is junk. Let`s
say that we are going to have a bowl of "Corn Flakes." Sure, there is not
much fat in them but when the first words on the list of ingredients say
"enriched wheat flour, or "high fructose corn syrup," you have a problem.
You should be looking for the words "whole grain wheat," instead.
If your diet consists mostly of simple carbs, do not expect to
lose any fat. Your energy levels will be so low that you feel the need to be
eating just to keep awake. "So why are you writing an entire article on
simple carbs if they are bad for me," you may ask. Well simple carbs have
positives to them.
After a hard day of training or working at a strenuous labored
job, your body needs glycogen and wants it fast. This is when an "insulin
spike" becomes useful. An insulin spike is repleneshing however many
calories you`ve burnt throughout the workout. The nutrients you use to
replenish your body should be a three to one ratio of simple carbs to
protein. The most commonly used post workout simple carb is dextrose, which
is the main ingredient in Gatorade powder. If you don`t have access to
dextrose, then a simple liquid carb, such as orange juice, will work just
Simple carbs are useful but they can become your worst enemy if
you consume them at the wrong times. Almost everything you do in
bodybuilding needs to be timed perfectly. There`s a time to eat, a time to
sleep, a time to take your supplements,and even a time to have your
post-workout meal. Welcome to the wonderful world of bodybuilding.
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