Interestingly, the perception of most individuals, regarding carbohydrates, is that they are your body's best energy source, and they're healthy. The truth is, that's a half truth. Are carbohydrates your best energy source? They can be, but it depends on how efficiently they're released in your body.
Oh, and by the way, if there are any pseudo experts, or fake trainers, and rest assured there are, claiming that too much insulin release doesn't store more fat on the body, they're misinformed idiots. Seasoned world caliber competitive bodybuilders know this without a doubt, because of how insulin release significantly impacts the condition of the body, which in that sport can be the difference between being razor sharp and ripped to shreds, or looking like you have a film over your body diminishing definition.
So what about carbohydrates being healthy? Yes they are, but not entirely. For example, refined carbohydrates can cause inflammation to the body, which can be very unhealthy. In addition, if you eat what's considered healthy carbs, like vegetables, but eat too many where your body can't assimilate them, they also become unhealthy because they're stored on your body as a triglyceride, which can be extremely unhealthy posing major risk factors which can lead to heart disease.
So how can you make a carb a better carb? Did you know you can determine how good or bad a carb is by its glycemic index (GI). Hopefully your trainer knows all about this, because this is a bit of a game changer. But even if they don't, here's the scoop. By definition, The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized, causing a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels.
Knowing how to control sugar intake ( carbohydrates) dramatically changes how you feel and how your body performs. Too much sugar makes you lethargic and is an energy drain on your body creating an opposite effect of what carbs should provide, which is a quality source of energy.
The good news is that there's an easy way to make carbs that quality energy source you think it is by simply understanding how to utilize the other two macros you ingest. That's right, eating the right amount of protein and fat can make your carbohydrate intake a much better source of energy. More info on this at another time where I'll teach you how to utilize the powerful tools you have at your fingertips. Meanwhile see how much your trainer knows about this, and if they don't, I guarantee you're results right this second are being drastically compromised.
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The Truth Talker (Leo Costa Jr)