By GI Team Generation Iron
Eating the right carbs can make or break your gains.
On the road to the ultimate physique you’re going to need to have discipline. No one was ever able to attain greatness by being lazy and slacking off. Whether it’s through weight training, cardio, or dieting, you’re going to have to have an ethic about your strategy of getting in shredded shape. It sounds pretty simple doesn’t it. But when you consider how awesome sitting down on the couch and watching your favorite TV show while eating a bag of chips can be (and we’ve all done it at least once), then it becomes that much simpler to understand the struggle. The struggle of enjoying carbs.
Carbohydrates are great. They come in all different forms, shapes, and sizes. High glycemic carbs like apples and bananas are both healthy and the greatest source of fuel for the athlete looking to have an intense workout. But they aren’t all created equal. Those bag of chips we mentioned before can go a long way towards ruining all the hard work you’ve put into your workouts. If you’re a carb junking and you want to lose fat and maintain your gains, then check out this list of foods you need to avoid in order to get shredded.
Put down the sugary beverages
Everyone enjoys a nice sweetened beverage every once in awhile. That being said, the amount of calories in your average soft drink or energy drink, a third of those calories from carbs, can help to keep on fat. Drinking water has never hurt anyone and it’s just a healthier alternative.
Get rid of the refined grains
Refined grains like white pastas, rice, potatoes, and cereals can be very high in both calories and carbohydrates. Whole grains foods are a better alternative because of their fiber content. Refined grains can heighten your blood sugar and keep on stubborn fat. The fiber in healthier whole grains regulate blood sugar and can be great for energy before a tough workout to ensure fat loss.
Don’t be fooled by processed fruits
This is one that not many people think about. When you see the word fruits your mind instantly thinks healthy. But the reality of the situation is that the dried out fruits and canned fruit products contain a high amount of added sugars. To make matters worse they are stripped of their fiber content which is what makes fruits so healthy in the first place. Don’t be fooled.