How To Lose Fat With Your Workout Routine
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If you want to lose fat with your workout routine, this article shows you one simple way you can do that.
Eat more veggies than starchy foods for your carbohydrate source. This is one of the fastest ways to shed fat in your workout program.
The end result of all carbohydrates broken down by the body is glucose, also called blood sugar.
So whether it’s a spoon of sugar, a piece of bread, or some broccoli, the body breaks each down to use at its main fuel source, blood sugar.
The difference between some of these carbohydrates is the rate in which the body metabolizes them, or breaks them down, to use as blood sugar.
There are simple carbohydrates like fruit, syrup, and sugar and there are complex carbohydrates like bread, pasta, potatoes, and oatmeal.
The difference between simple and complex carbohydrates is the speed at which the body breaks them down to utilize as glucose.
Simple carbohydrates like table sugar and fruit are converted more rapidly for a quick energy boost. Complex carbohydrates take longer to break down and offer a more sustained supply of energy for the body.
This comes in handy during a workout routine if you time your carb consumption to offer energy for your workouts.
Complex carbohydrates should be your main choice for energy for that precise reason, they offer more of a sustained energy supply. Simple carbohydrates create a quick boost of energy followed by a rapid decline, almost like a “crash.”
Complex carbohydrates mainly come from either starchy foods like rice, pasta, and bread, or by vegetables like broccoli, peas, and green beans.
The biggest reason to switch from starchy carbohydrates like bread, pasta, and rice to more fibrous, leafy ones like vegetables are the amounts of calories in each.
In my workout routine leading up to my first ever bodybuilding show, in which I lost almost 40 pounds in 9 weeks, I replaced my starchy carbohydrates with more vegetables and fibrous carbohydrates.
The reason being, much like we wanted to cut down on fats because they are very calorie dense, starchy carbohydrates like bread and pasta are more calorie dense than are vegetables like broccoli or green beans.
And like I have been pointing out through this course, weight loss comes from getting rid of excess calories, to create a deficit in calories so that your body must dip into stored body fat for energy.
When you begin to continuously create a calorie deficit, your body continuously will attack fat stores for needed energy and this is how weight loss (fat loss) occurs.
So what we want to do is cut out calories anywhere we can to increase the chances of creating a deficit of calories.
For effective weight loss, I feel it is important to choose those foods that offer high volume but low calories. This way you do not feel deprived, you’re still eating a lot of food, you’re just not getting a lot of calories in return.
Vegetables offer this luxury.
You can eat a lot in volume, but do not get a lot of calories in return, unless you deep fry them or drown them in butter, which I do not recommend.
This high volume, low calorie luxury is not true with starchy carbohydrates. A small serving of starchy carbs is still high in calories.
For example, a 1/4-cup of rice has approximately 150 calories. A 1/2-cup of oatmeal has about the same amount of calories, 150. However, you can eat an entire box package of broccoli and have fewer calories than that. Or almost an entire bag of raw baby carrots.
Now, I know what you are thinking, I love my bread and I’m not getting rid of it.
I absolutely agree, do not get rid of your breads, pasta, rice, and oatmeal.
But do moderate it, reduce the amount of each serving and instead, replace the smaller serving with more vegetables.
It all points back to what causes weight gain. Excess calories.
You will not achieve any amount of success in your workout routine if you're not willing to make certain changes.
Starchy carbohydrates will give you more calories than vegetables. So from a weight loss perspective, choose the carbohydrate that offers the lower calorie amount and larger volume--veggies.
Now, do not listen to these no-carb diet mongers. There is no quicker way of killing your results from your workout routine than getting rid of carbs.
That is a fad that seems to stick around with little, actually, no merit.
Your body absolutely needs carbohydrates. Carbs are the body’s main fuel supply, get rid of them and you get rid of your body’s prime source of glucose. Your brain cannot function without glucose, in fact, you’ll die without blood sugar.
To start eliminating excess calories from the diet, start to moderate and limit the amount of starchy carbs like bread, pasta, rice, oatmeal, bagels, and instead eat more vegetables like broccoli, carrots, green beans, spinach. lettuce, peas, and so on.
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