On a daily basis we are bombarded with the idea Carbs are bad for us, Products claiming “new low carb formula” Should we eat low carb? what is a carb?
What is a Carb? (Carbohydrate)
I asked a few people this question recently and most people responded Bread, Pasta and Potato a few people even believing “gluten free” food was free of carbs, I also find people perceive low carb as low calorie this is not always the case. Yes carbohydrates can be found in this food but typically foods like Yogurt, Milk, Sugary Foods (chocolate, candy) and Broccoli also contain the demonized “carb” just in different ratios and are made up of different Molecules.
There are also two types of carbs,
Simple- Generally found in processed foods like pasta, lollies and white breads. these carbs are relativity quick digesting.
Complex- Found in wholegrain and Natural foods like Sweet potato and other vegetables, rice and multi grain bread.
Carbohydrates specifically “glucose” are essential for us to live, let alone preform athletic activity’s it is the body’s preferred fuel. So with out Glucose there is no you and me.
any of a large group of organic compounds occurring in foods and living tissues and including sugars, starch, and cellulose. They contain hydrogen and oxygen in the same ratio as water (2:1) and typically can be broken down to release energy in the animal bodyOver the years i have experimented with many different eating styles to try and find what works for me, I am relativity active as well I am wanting so see improvement in my performance in the gym I want to be lifting heavier and moving faster, if i wanted to loose weight I would probably be doing a different type of workout regime but like most people working out you continually want to see improvement.over the past 6 weeks I have done a little experiment.Weeks 1-3 (low carb plan)I was eating mainly green vegetables and very little starchy carbs like rice and pasta.How i Felt- Tired, lethargic, irritable, and always hungry.Gym Performance- Down, down, down weights that were easier now felt heavy, I was running slower than an elephant moving through peanut butter and it was harder work than normal.My Body- I was retaining water due to the lack of glucose available through my foods, by body was holding water to try and hold as much glucose as it could my legs we really puffy and Salmon looked like a swollen ankle.Week 4-6Added a serve of starchy carbs to each meal and one slow digesting carb before bed (because i do morning workouts)How I felt- Stronger, More push thorough workouts, faster running and improved cardio vascular.Gym Performance- Almost instantly I noticed a difference, but into week 5 i got major gains in my 1RMs I made PB lifts the whole week! I even managed to RX all the weights….That has never happened!My Body- Whoshhhhh effect over night my body dropped about 1kg in fluid that it was holding onto it was amazing, I was also having quicker recovery times and not as sore and slow moving the next day.I think in hindsight, you need to listen to your body, and also do some research on the internet, but if your wanting to cruise by in the gym and not make strength, speed and recovery gains try tweaking you carb intake slightly and you might be surprised how well it works.