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Diet is 85 percent of bodybuilding success, according to Iron Guru Vince Gironda. Others peg diet as making up 50 percent of the bodybuilding equation. Whatever the percentage actually is, there is no doubt that diet plays a major impact on the body.
Carbohydrates are one of the main nutritional dials that bodybuilders adjust to control the condition of their physique. As a contest approaches a bodybuilder will often resort to a low carbohydrate diet to try and lean out as much as possible. That’s because extra carbs can be stored as fat on the body, and that’s the last thing a bodybuilder planning to step on stage wants.
On the other hand, you don't want to view carbs as the enemy. Carbohydrates are actually the best fuel source for those hard core workouts that builds up that muscle base during the year. Go for too long on a low carb approach and your ability to lift big weights and put in intense workouts suffers significantly.
Certainly if you are not training hard it would be a mistake to load up on the carbs. But if you are training with white hot intensity, a high carb diet compliments your efforts. You need that fuel to go wall-to-wall, working hard the entire way. A high carb diet can make all the difference in your output for the final few exercises. Being “carbed up” adequately keeps your energy levels high all the way.
For best results, use complex carbs instead of simple carbs. Simple carbs have a tendency to work like a rollercoaster on your blood sugar levels – raising and dropping them drastically at all the wrong times. Complex carbs, on the other hand, act to steady the boat, keeping the energy running at an even keel instead of leaking out just when you need it most.
What are the best carbs for fueling a workout? Remember to complete all carb intake a couple of hours prior to training. Oats are good, as are cereals, rice and pastas, provided you are getting high fiber options (avoid the refined elements which are processed into simple sugar garbage). Beans are super, as are potatoes, sweet potatoes (skins on for both!) and many veggies and fruits.
If you want a fueled up workout, try a high carb diet to ensure adequate fuel levels for full throttle training.
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