If you want to lose weight effectively and with a lasting effect, it needs three things: You need to eat healthier. You need to be more physically active. And you mustn’t limit all this to a few weeks but must make it a permanent part of your life. Losing weight is to a big extent about changing your habits.
Any additional physical activity you take up will help you to lose weight, but some support your body in a special way, for example muscle building training. If your state of health allows it, it’s a good idea to include some muscle building activities into your exercise program. The reason: Muscles are excellent calorie burners. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, and the more weight you lose. And of course, you also burn calories when building these muscles.
Muscle building and carbohydrates
It takes more to build muscles than simply exercising them. If you want them to grow, you need to feed them properly. To grow, your muscles need energy, and this energy comes from carbohydrates. Yes, carbohydrates are not enemy number one of weight loss. In fact, they are a very important energy source of our body.
The problem is that we often eat too many simple carbohydrates. These give us a quick energy boost but are metabolized quickly. This energy doesn’t last very long. And if you eat more simple carbohydrates than you burn, the excess ones are stored as fat.
Complex carbohydrates on the other hand are absorbed and metabolized slower, forming a steady source of energy that keeps us running longer. They are low in fat and keep our blood sugar level fairly constant, whereas simple carbohydrates make it rise and drop quickly, causing huge fluctuations.
How to effectively use muscle building and carbohydrates for weight loss?
To effectively grow your muscles and make them help you to lose weight, you need to eat the right carbohydrates at the right time:
complex carbohydrates before exercising
simple carbohydrates after exercising
Both types of carbohydrates are important.
1. Complex carbohydrates before exercising
Eat more foods high in complex carbohydrates in general and especially before exercising. They are stored in your body, and when you exercise, they are converted to energy. Complex carbohydrates will give you the energy you need for the exercises.
Some foods rich in complex carbohydrates:
grains (wheat, buckwheat, rye, barley)
whole grain products (whole grain bread, cereals or pasta)
legumes (lentils, dried beans)
2. Simple carbohydrates after exercising
After exercising, your glycogen level is quite down and needs to be replenished quickly. On the one hand, you now need a quick boost of energy to recover from the exertion. On the other hand, you need to raise your insulin level so that nutrients are absorbed faster by your cells, feeding your muscles and helping them to build new tissue, in other words: to grow. And the best and quickest way to raise your insulin level is to eat simple carbohydrates.
Don’t go for chocolate or cookies now. Choose healthy simple carbohydrate foods which also contain fiber and many other nutrients:
black-, cran-, rasp- or strawberries
So, start building your muscles! You can go for a specific training program in the gym. If you don’t like this kind of exercising, remember that there are many sports that include heavy muscle activity. Riding a bicycle, for example, is a great exercise for your leg muscles. But no matter which method you choose to build your muscles, don’t forget to feed them the right fuel so that they can grow: mainly grains and whole grain products for lasting energy and endurance, and some fruit after the exercise to replenish your glycogen level and improve nutrient absorption. This way, you can lose weight faster and easier, but still in a healthy way.
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