Are you making this common diet mistake? When it comes to nutrition there is no greater debate than the role of carbohydrates in weight loss. Carbs are seen as the sol reason for excess weight game but at the same time they are praised as a sure fire way to increase performance.
The Usual Diet Routine
You step on the scale in the morning and see a number you thought you never would.This causes you to try and “eat better”. Often this means that you cut out carbs. For most people this works fantastic, you step on the scale 5 days later and Wham! That’s a lot of weight loss if you keep this up you’ll be back in shape in no time. A few days later though you have to end your work out early, you just don’t have it today. The next day you feel sluggish all day, and end up skipping the gym so you can rest and hit it hard the next day. 3 weeks in and you have had to take a few more rest days than normal and your weight loss has stopped. At about 4 weeks you decide you need break and order pizza and have a few beers as well. The next morning your wake up and have gained 1/2 of what you lost back. From here you resolve to stick with it this time and resume your dieting, within a few days you are back to your initial weight loss but once again your work outs begin to suffer. You cannot use as much weight for as many sets or reps and it is hard to maintain the right pace during your cardio. Once again your weight loss stalls at about the same spot.
This cycle repeats itself over and over again slow progress on the scale and no progress in the gym performance. Typically ending when you give up on the low carb route and add them back in. Performance in the gym improves but weight gain resumes.
If this sounds familiar then you have been bamboozled about what proper nutrition is. There is no good food or bad food. What you eat should simply be a reflection of your goals and some simple math.
What Role Do Carbs Play?
Carbohydrate are only one part of the math equation. However to eliminate them completely, except in very specific circumstances like the final cut before a physique show, is a mistake. Eliminating carbohydrate will almost certainly result in fairly rapid weight loss. It will negatively affect performance and diminish the overall results you can achieve with body re-composition over time. Carbohydrates are required to perform optimally and optimal performance is one of the main key factors for improving body composition over time. Carbohydrate also plays an important role maintaining and building new muscle and even in the metabolism of fat. Eliminating it will absolutely negatively affect your results over the medium to long term.
At Renegades we offer customized nutrition plans that will take care of the math equation for you. It will ensure that weight loss progresses at an appropriate maintainable rate while still allowing you to improve performance. We start with a free one on one nutrition consultation that goes over your current eating habits as well as your goals.
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Do not succumb to the quick fix no carbohydrate path. Your performance will decrease and your weight lose will stall. Instead focus on the long term with gradual changes to body composition and regular improvements in performance.
By Mike White