The Perfect Diet Plan: Eat Starchy Carbs After Exercise Only
Most cultures have a fantasy with these foods.
After all, what's life without grilled cheese sandwiches, spaghetti, cakes, cookies, and candy? Many dream of these decadent foods during holidays and family gatherings.
Yet, for many, these foods are a daily desire.
However, if you are trying to lose weight, these are not the best foods to have in your diet.
The best way to lose fat fast is to save starchy carbs for your after workout meal.
It's just one of the rules of the perfect diet plan.
Is the perfect diet plan a "low-carb" diet? Absolutely not.
Many are confused about carbs.
The fact is that there are different categories of carbs: vegetables, fruits, and starches.
You will find most of your nutrition in vegetables and fruits, so these are the types of carbs you should include with most of your meals throughout the day.
Though starchy carbs do provide a great amount of fiber, they do not provide your body with the plethora of vitamins and minerals as vegetables and fruits.
With that being said, most of the starchy carbs discussed in the previous paragraph would not even be considered nutritious whatsoever.
Healthy starches are whole grain foods such as oatmeal, brown or wild rice, and sweet potatoes.
They are digested much slower than processed breads and pastas as well as sugary foods like cake, cookies, and candy.
Most processed carbs are "cheap" carbs that put your body, and metabolism, in the danger zone for health issues like obesity, diabetes, and heart problems.
Again, carbs include natural and organic vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Though whole grain foods are healthier than processed breads and pastas, they should be limited while trying to lose weight or body fat.
Even though whole grains are still in the carbohydrate family, your body still digests them differently from vegetables and fruits.
Without going into the whole physiological aspect, starchy carbs (whole grains) are basically digested much quicker.
Therefore, it's very easy to gain weight rapidly with these foods.
The best time to eat these foods are "after" a workout for those who are trying to bust fat.
In fact, this strategy works significantly well for those with stubborn and hard-to-remove body fat stores, as well as for those who are trying to gain muscle yet minimize fat gain.
So, what type of carbs should you be eating for a well balanced menu plan while trying to lose weight or body fat?
- Each daily meal - green leafy vegetables and metabolic boosting fruits.
The ratio of vegetables to fruit should be 4:1 to 5:1.
Vegetables shall include foods such as kale, spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
Metabolic boosting fruits shall include apples, pears, grapefruits, and berries.
- After exercise (within 1-2 hours) - unprocessed whole grain and starchy foods such as whole oats, brown or wild rice, sweet potatoes or yams, and whole grain breads and pastas.
(Beware of any intolerances or allergies from gluten or wheat.
Gluten is an ingredient found in flours such as wheat, rye, and barley that may cause inflammation for those who cannot tolerate it.
- After exercise (within 1-2 hours) - exercise recovery drinks that contain both protein and carbs.
The ratio of protein to carbs should be 1:2.
Exercise recovery drinks can be a replacement for the whole grain and starchy foods after exercise.
Use them as your "treat" for after exercise.
Tell yourself that you have to earn those higher carb meals by exercising first.
If you still to this motivator, you will shed those unwanted fat pounds quickly.
After all, the best way to lose fat fast is to save those starchy carbs for your after workout meal.
It's just part of the perfect diet plan.