Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet, yet it’s important to know that not all of them are created equal. So how do you tell the difference between “good carbs” and “bad carbs?" The answer is both simple — and complex. In this Fitter Focus you'll learn everything you need to know about carbohydrates and making smart choices when it comes to incorporating them into your diet.
Complex carbs take your body longer to break down than simple carbs, which makes them a good choice for long-lasting, sustainable energy with no crashes throughout the day. Simple carbs are a better choice shortly before a workout, when they can give your body a blast of easy energy to help power you through your training session, or immediately after training when they can help quickly refuel your muscles. Eating simple carbs at other times throughout the day isn’t a great idea, however, because they induce fat storage. Opt for simple carbs if you’re within 30 to 60 minutes of a workout and complex carbs throughout the rest of the day.
Complex Carbs include:
Whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa and oats Foods like pasta, breads and cereals in whole grain form.
Look for the words “whole wheat flour” to be high on the ingredient list to ensure you’re getting a food high in whole grains.
Starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, corn and pumpkin
Beans and lentils
Simple Carbs Include:
It is highly suggested you consult with you doctor or nutritionist before starting any form of a meal plan. This sample meal plan is met to be a simple guide to help you as you do more research on what you can do to help build better health and fitness.