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When and How to Eat Carbs to Lose Weight


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When and How to Eat Carbs To Lose Weight

Today we want to talk about carb timing and how to use it to lose weight. First of all, not all carbs are bad for you! It’s important to understand the difference between simple carbs and complex carbs. 

Simple Carbs

Simple carbs are all of the carbs that are broken down easily by the body and used as a quick source of energy. For example fruits and milk products.

Complex Carbs

Complex Carbs are the carbs that take longer to break down and used as long term energy for the body. These include sugars and other foods made of long chains of complex molecules.

Now, let’s talk about actually timing them to your benefit. Since simple carbs are considered “fast energy” so to speak, these are the carbs you’d want to consume within one hour of when you’re going to work out. Since complex carbs are long chains of molecules, your body needs a lot longer to break it down into glucose so that it can be turned into energy (or ATP) via cellular respiration, its best to eat them at least three hours before your workout. Carb timing is effective for weight loss because it forces your body to use what it has at that moment with less excess. 

We hope these help you learn how to work with your body and its carbohydrate needs. Don’t hesitate to ask us for anything! Team NTC has got your back!

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