Carbs: The Evil We Need!
We have all been on the low carb cycle and it’s quite a ride! As you know, we all have different genetics and different body types. In general, we can look at body type and begin to make guesses on what our sensitivity might look like to carbs.
Larger body type (endomorph) - high sensitivity to carbs - just look at a piece of bread or some pasta and gain weight
Medium body type (mesomorph) - moderate sensitivity to carbs - as long as you eat moderately you don’t gain weight when consuming carbs
Smaller body type (ectomorph) - low sensitivity to carbs - basically you can eat as many donuts as you want and you don’t ever gain weight
So this gives you a picture of what weight gain and carbs might look like for you. But, we can’t just have half the conversation. Carbs aren’t bad; they fuel us for performance and help us balance hormones.
If you are someone who trains hard and at high levels of intensity, if you get out of breath, if you sweat, if you get sore after your workouts, you may want to consider replenishing your carbohydrate sources after a training session, especially for those of us who are “older” - 40 years old or more and we don’t bounce back as fast. Most importantly, a low carb approach 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week can begin to shut down important hormones needed to keep metabolism high, stay lean, and have a high labido.
Let me know if you need help figuring out what works best for you based on your goals. It’s really a process of experimenting and making some outcome based decisions when it comes to carbs, performance, weight loss, and health.
Let me know if I can be helpful.
See you in the gym,