Using Complex Carbs to Boost Your Energy

By Darlene Alexander

One of my last blog postings was about simple carbs that are found in junk food, juice and from foods and snacks that raise your blood sugar levels. This time I would like to discuss complex carbs, also know as slow carbs.

I read an article at Ezine Articles about slow carbs. It was talking about the types of slow carbs, what there are, and how they benefit you when consuming them. You’ll find slow carbs in natural wholes foods like fruits and vegetables, and in grain foods like bread, pasta, and cereal. What makes these types of foods good for you also is that they have the proper nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your body needs for good health.

Slow carbs are needed; once eaten, they convert into good energy. Through consistent consumption of good carbs you’ll be on your way to maintaining healthy weight. The energy comes in handy especially when involved in intensive activities, including working out, sports, aerobics, etc.

In the past when I worked out intensively, I took in slow carbs for that reason, to obtain that much needed energy. I noticed when taking in slow carbs I was able to do more exercises per body part, more reps, and more lifting weights. I also took in slow carbs in order to gain weight. But that weight wasn’t in fat, but rather solid mass. Slow carbs can help you to gain solid mass, but only if you have a large intake of slow carbs daily. When working out, for example, the slow carbs not burned from heavy lifting instead goes into feeding your body and muscles to help it to recover quicker, and grow larger.

Normally if you’re trying to gain weight, you should take three times as much grams of carbs as your weight. So if you weighted 150 pounds, you should take in 450 grams of carbs daily. For strictly energy or losing weight, I’d stick with one gram per pound or less, depending on your weight loss plans. Never leave slow carbs out of your fitness and health goals. Without that energy, it’ll lead to a quick burn out and losing mass. Always include slow carbs in your diet, and watch your intake if needed.

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