Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fat Loss Tip - Don't Simply Cut Carbs.

Many people are under the misconception they need to cut out carbohydrates when trying to lose fat. The truth is, carbohydrates play a vital role in muscle recovery and if you cut them out of your diet you will hinder your fat loss and muscle building capabilities.

A high carbohydrate diet is not recommended or necessary, however, specific selection and timing of carbohydrates is essential for maximizing your results.

After intense exercise you should consume a high glycemic liquid carbohydrate source to replenish glycogen stores and facilitate greater nutrient uptake. This specific post-workout carbohydrate timing is especially effective when combined with 100% hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate like VP2 whey isolate from AST Sports Science because the high GI carbs will satisfy the body’s energy demands allowing the Whey Protein Isolate to go directly towards muscle support. This is important for those trying to lose fat because the more muscle you can build and maintain while dieting, the higher your resting metabolic rate will be.

You also want to add some high GI carbs to the meals that fall within 3 hours after your workout. This is an important 3 hour window where nutrient uptake capabilities are at their highest.

As I've said before, don't fear carbohydrates rather understand their GI rating and time them accordingly. You should consume most of your carbohydrates and calories within the 3 hour post workout window.

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  1. Thank you for all of your valuable advice!

    Just one question: If you have full or mostly full glycogen storages because of the high GI carbs PWO, then your body would never go into ketosis. Have you ever tried ketogenic dieting and what are your thoughts?

    Also, do you ever do carb cycling between days?

    Thank you very much!

    Sean G.

  2. Sean,

    No, I have not tried that method. I prefer the consistant approach of steady nutrient intake with smart ratios/timing that is the common thread in all of my writing/coaching.

    I also don't do specific carb cycling. Carbs are naturally lower on non training days with the removal of pre and post workout drinks/meals.