Low Carbs Diet Vs High Carbs Diet
The debate is never ending on the benefits of a low carb diet and high carb diet in the life of a fitness enthusiast. If you have not seen this compelling argument then let’s check out what is the actual truth.
It is a fact that diet differs from person to person, or we can also say that the individual differences are the major factor that one should consider when deciding on a well-balanced diet for themselves. It is not about high carb diet or low carb foods, the debate should be about the best suitable diet for you based on training goals and metabolism. Many times people forget about this fact and this is when the frustration and confusion begins among fitness enthusiasts.
Low carb food works for only a few selected reasons. The promoters of low carb food claim that when an individual eats more fats and less carbs then their metabolism starts supporting fats for fuel rather than supporting carbs.
This is good for the individual who wants to lose fat and at the same time such foods carry less total calories. This helps in controlling hunger with the addition of fat and protein to every meal. This is one of the most positive impacts of a low carb diet on the individual in the fitness community.
Ketogenic diet is the extreme of low carb food, in which the carbs are almost eliminated from food to put the body in a condition of ketosis, where fat is burned for fuel in the form of ketones. This form of diet can be very dangerous if not used in the proper manner. If you are a young bodybuilder and have a high fat level then a kitogenic diet is good for you, but if you are not overweight and are required to lose more fat to get in shape then opt for a moderate level of low carb diet.
The biggest advantage of high carb food is getting a strong build-up with sufficient calories and carbs. This actually doesn’t mean a high carb diet, as the total carb consumption should not be over 50 to 60% of the total calories. However, the extra carbs will last a bit longer in the process of muscle gaining and strength goals. Carbs fuel anaerobic pathways. Glycolitic and ATP/CP pathways are two types of energetic pathways, which are also a main supplier of energy for activities which take 90 to 120 minutes or even more to complete, based on the level of fitness of an athlete.
The main point is that if most of the weightlifting activities are performed on stored glycogen then why do we require the fats for energy? Actually we don’t. Many studies have proven that the carbs in our diet help in enhancing our performance. Cutting the carbs from strength and mass diet programs is equally as bad as excluding creatine or protein. No one can add strength and mass without these two essential nutrients.
In addition to this, as intense weightlifting programs burn stored glycogen and blood sugar, it becomes essential to replace them and this is not possible without a high carb diet. Without it the time for exercise recovery becomes longer and your performance starts declining.
Most fitness enthusiasts get in trouble if they fall for any one concept. Frustration arises when they are afraid to try something new or are stuck in a rut. Dieting and nutrition arevery similar to this. Rather than fighting for any one form of diet find what is best suited for you as per your requirement or circumstances to achieve your goal easier.
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