Category: Nutrition

Rethink eating carbs after working out

For decades and decades now, elite athletes, top performers, strength and conditioning coaches, and nutritionists all over the world have been telling active individuals that there’s nothing better for their bodies to consume after working out than a solid meal filled with complex carbohydrates.Health-blue-e1429679140877-1013x567 But according to research recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, this may not be the case. In fact, complex carbohydrates may not be the best thing for your body after working out – they may be one of the reasons why you aren’t getting anywhere near the results you’ve been hoping for.health-hero

Carbohydrates aren’t all created equally

The first thing that you have to realize about carbohydrates (and one of the areas that the research project really focused on) is that there is a world of difference between simple carbohydrates which are effortlessly digested in the body and translated into almost immediately usable energy and complex carbohydrates that release their energy stores slowly over time.

Simple carbohydrates are also much more likely to spike your body’s blood sugar level and insulin supply, and they transform into usable energy just as easily as they transform into fat cells. Complex carbohydrates – the kind of carbohydrates that slowly break down and more evenly distribute their energy – are much better options for athletes that are going to be consuming carbohydrates at all.

Carb cycling is much more effective than carb overloading

That research paper that we mentioned above conducted a study over five years that focused on the impact carbohydrates had on 21 competitive triathletes that utilized a different carbohydrate release programs over the process of the study.

Half of the trainees were put on a typical training diet (loads of carbohydrates after each and every workout) where the other half was encouraged to cycle carbohydrates – fill up with carbs after workouts one week and then you eliminate carbs altogether the next week – and then they were tested to see how their athletic abilities fared and what their body composition was like.

Those that cycled (heavy carbs one week, no carbs the next) were not only able to improve their overall endurance and their ability to fight against fatigue, but they also built more lean muscle mass, lost more fat, and were generally healthier than those that eight carbs after each and every training session.

If you’re looking to transform your athletic ability and want to get your nutrition right, this is something that you’re going to want to consider.

 

Organic snacks aren’t necessarily healthier for you

Every generation has their own “health food craze”, and today’s generation is fixated on eating as many foods that are certified organic and gluten-free as humanly possible.Health-Insurance-and-the-Health-Care-System The only trouble is that these labels have next to nothing whatsoever to do with the health impact of these specific foods, and there are plenty of organic and gluten-free foods out there that are anything but healthy or beneficial for those that eat them on a regular basis.Health-Is-Wealth-10-Simple-Tips-To-Stay-Healthy

You have to remember that the majority of people responsible for creating these health food crazes are master marketers and business people looking to move more merchandise as expeditiously as possible.

They aren’t people interested in making sure that folks eat clean, eat healthy, and transform their lives for the better – they are only interested in finding new ways to get more people to buy their stuff.

By better understanding exactly what you’re getting into (and learning how to read nutritional labels included on food) you’ll be in a much better position to improve your health and wellness with the right foods and not just those that carry the “right” labels.

Certified organic is a useless label

Because there are no real rules behind what “organic” food is and what it is not – and because governing bodies haven’t really implemented any rules or restrictions that stop people from using this label in a variety of misdirecting ways – certified organic should carry absolutely no weight whatsoever with you when it comes time to choose your food options.

A much better approach is to ignore the organic label altogether and instead look for food that is as close to its natural state as possible.

We are talking about fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and other food options that you prepare yourself as opposed to those loaded with extreme preservatives and chemicals.

Salt and sugar are the real “enemies”

It’s also important to remember that salt and sugar are the real enemies of health, as exemplified by the fact that companies are selling “organic gummy bears” that include next to no healthy ingredients whatsoever. You’ll find sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and a whole host of sodium components in these “organic gummy bears” and they would never be confused with a healthy snack.

“Real Fruit” means next to nothing

Real fruit, real fruit juice, and real fruit components does not mean that there are actually bits of fruit in your snacks or your beverages in any real or measurable quantity that would make any difference. Companies have learned to find ways to add a splash of real fruit to color foods or to add a little bit of taste, just so that they are able to market their snacks or their foods as organic real fruit options.

Don’t get tricked into buying these, either.