There’s one general piece of info I always keep in mind when it comes to carbs: whatever carbs I take in will be used as exercise fuel. So you think, “ah good, so taking in all these carbs isn’t a bad thing”. Well, yes and no, depending on where you’re at in your health. If you diabetic/pre-diabetic, a carb load is DEFINITELY a bad thing, so let’s just make that clear. That being said, carbs can indeed be used as fuel for your workouts, but if the goal is to burn as much fat as possible, then staying on the low carb sides of things is ideal. Why? Well, here’s a another piece of info I keep in my head everyday as well: I want to burn fat so I would rather use my fat stores as fuel for my workouts. Now the picture becomes clear, yes? For a bigger guy like me, low carbs to no carbs is seemingly more beneficial as i’d very much rather burn as much of my fat as possible. Still, I do take in some carbs as I find them to be good “starting out” energy to help boost the start of my workouts. But once I start pushing harder, I want my body to be able to rely on it’s fat stores for fuel.
Of course, this isn’t for everyone. For people with more muscle, I believe MORE carbs would be better as there aren’t any fat stores that can really be used as fuel. For everyone, there’s also the factoring in of protein, but that’s another post for another day.
On a side note, I was right about my weight yesterday. As expected, my weight went back up to 199. A likely result of recovery from Tuesday’s “stomach flu” bout. So how did I do this morning after yesterday’s workout?
5/26 Weigh-in: 197 lbs (Yes! Gained back two pounds and was able to work them right off! Hard work really does pay off!)
Phew, been a little while since I put up a post!
Anyhoo, a big part of having a body that is capable of optimum weight loss is, you guessed it, good nutrition. You’re probably tired of hearing it, but a proper diet will help you have a better overall healthy lifestyle.
High carbs are not really a good thing, but you do still need some. The time you would want to take in carbs would be in the morning time. This can come from wheat bread, oatmeal, or even a baked potato. Be sure to take your vitamins too!
When lunch rolls around, it’s a good time to take in proteins and fats. No doubt, any meat you consume during lunch will help you towards this. Chicken is my top favorite choice, but if you can go for lean red meats (or if you’re feeling particularly wallet-rich, buffalo or ostrich), by all means go for it.
For dinner meals, you’ll probably want to follow a similar path as lunch, though I like to go lighter in terms of portions when it’s these meals. On a side note, I usually substitute my post-workout protein drink as my day’s final meal on workout days. For cardio this is usually 30g of protein and on weight training days it’s about 50g. I like to mix in 2 scoops of super green food as well. Meal in a drink I call it.
High fiber throughout the day in meals would be excellent. How to accomplish this? I like to take whatever it is i’m eating, make sure it’s about a handful (I just eyeball it), and put it into a high fiber wrap. La Tortilla makes a really good one with 12g of fiber and only 6g of carbs (18g - 12g of dietary fiber = 6g net carbs). Another thing I like about them is the 8g of protein in them. Score! Don’t forget your veggies either! Your body needs all the nutrients and antioxidants that these foods provide.
If you can eat right daily, this will give you even more fuel and energy to have killer workouts. You will truly feel the difference, even in day to day mundane tasks.
6/22 Weigh-in: 193 lbs
A goal, reached.
Getting to where i’m at right now reminds me that nothing is impossible. Work hard towards what you want to see in your life, and keep following a righteous path all the while. You will get the support you need from friends, family, your own self, and a God whom loves you very much. Always stay dedicated to the good and never give up or give in. You can do it.
Goal Weight Reached: 170 lbs
And I will keep working hard, I promise.