Who Doesn't Like Carbs?

(We all do, even Personal Trainers)

Carbohydrates are macro nutrients and are the body’s preferred source of fuel. Carbs can include pasta, rice, bread, potatoes and certain processed foods.

Before we go on to explain what they mean for your body it is important to remember that although some fad diets eliminate carbs completely, this is not recommended by health professionals because carbohydrates are part of the body’s primary fuel source.

Carbohydrates effect every individual in a different way. Eating too many carbohydrates can slow down fat loss or even start fat gain very rapidly. If you took a scale as an example of balancing carb intake, if you tip too low you risk losing muscle opposed to fat, leading to poor energy, sleep disruption and intense sugar cravings. If you overindulge in carbs regularly, you will start to feel lethargic, tired, experience mood swings and gain fat.

To attain a balanced carb intake we need to find out how much carbohydrate intake your body can tolerate without getting fat. We can do this by tracking our carbohydrate intake with an app such as MyFitnessPal. Essentially, what we are trying to do is to find our carbohydrate sweet spot which is referred to as the carbohydrate tipping point. The tipping point is the cut off when your body can no longer utilise carbohydrate and has to store it as fat.

At RS Fitness Personal Training Gym Glasgow, each client completes a questionnaire at the beginning of their transformational journey and tracks their full nutritional intake for 7 days. This process allows our coaches to calculate exactly the right carbohydrate ratio clients can utilise whilst dropping body fat and still enjoying the correct amount of carbs for their body.

If you are calculating the tipping point on your own, we suggest you start with 100 grams of carbs per day and see if you lose fat or gain fat. Thereafter, begin to adjust your diet accordingly, staying focussed on tracking as you go.

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memberships which are offered to all clients in the Glasgow and surrounding areas.

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