Carbs for a long time has been deemed to be the enemy when comes to losing weight, diets and/or losing body fat... just to name a few. That can't definitely be further from the truth. Carbs along with protein, and fats are the 3 major components that make up your macro-nutrients. Some benefits of carbs are:
1. an energy source to help you get through your workouts.
2. keep your heart healthy
3. help with weight loss
4. improve digestion
On the flip side, over consumption of carbs can be counter productive. A good rule of thumb is to maintain anywhere from 25-30% of your daily caloric intake. A great way to cycle your carbs is to consume the majority of your carbs 2 hours before and 2 hours after working out. Carbs before give you the necessary energy to get through your workouts and carbs after help speed up the recovery process.
Two of my personal favorite carbs are Sweet potatoes and jasmine rice!
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