So what is the best time to eat carbs? If you already know what carbs are for then you can probably answer that question already. This is not just about carbs it is mainly about all foods that give you energy. It also depends on how your schedule looks.
If you are only trying to lose some weight and are not the athletic type then I would suggest you cut back on the foods with a lot of complex carbs. Complex carbs are the good kind that gives your body energy. It is ideal to have them early in the day. For example a great breakfast would include oatmeal or toast. You will feel more energetic throughout the day this way. The complex kind are stored in the body as energy as opposed to simple sugars from sweets. Think of it like fueling your body up for physical activity.
That does not mean you have to avoid anything with an ounce of carbs at night time. You can have something light like a slice of watermelon. Fruit is great at night because it settles your dessert craving. There is nothing better than having a fruit salad with whipped cream when trying to avoid the chocolate ice cream. Try to avoid having carb sources like pasta at night time. Unless you are going for a morning run the next morning it should be avoided starchy foods and save them for breakfast or lunch time. It is best to have mostly protein and fats for dinner. A great example would be 5 ounces of salmon with asparagus.
If you go to the gym on a regular basis then it would be a good idea to have carbs before and after a workout. The reason why is because your muscles need carbs as well as protein for maximum growth. By doing this your body is in turn burning more fat. Stick to starchy foods like pasta, whole grain bread, and sweet potatoes. Even if you workout at night time you should have some of these kinds of foods around the time you work out.
Fruits are OK at night time mainly because they are light whole foods. They are rich with simple carbs but they are natural when compared to processed foods like white bread, ice cream, and sodas. Eating fruit at night time is actually known to promote fat loss so go nuts. Just avoid any sweets and you will be good. Having sweets at night time is like asking to gain more weight.
So in conclusion you should save the starchy kinds of foods like oatmeal and sweet potatoes for earlier in the day for breakfast or lunch. That way you give your body energy to take on the day. Avoid sweets especially at night time when you are the least active. Fruits are an excellent replacement. Also try having more carbs before and after a workout. This actually boosts your metabolism.
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