A big mistake that a lot of people make when they’re trying to lose weight is cutting carbs.
The reason people make this mistake is simple: it works… or at least, it does for the first week.
You see, your body needs carbohydrates for fuel. When it doesn’t have this fuel it turns to your body’s energy stores. And since it’s easier to get energy by breaking down muscle rather than fat, it’s only a matter of time before your body starts converting your biceps for energy.
So after about a week on a low or no-carb diet, the weight loss stops targeting your fat & starts depleting your muscle tissues instead. At the same time, your metabolism slows down drastically… making it even harder to burn fat.
So if your goal is to lose fat, you need to eat carbs.
But eating carbs in the morning isn’t the same as eating them at night. Your body’s ability to break down carbohydrates (known as ‘insulin sensitivity’) declines as the day wears on.
If you want to hypercharge fat loss, you need make sure you time your carb intake properly so you’re eating carbohydrates when insulin sensitivity is highest.
And since insulin sensitivity declines as the day goes on, that means the best time to eat carbs is in the morning, right?
It may seem that way… and if you don’t exercise regularly, then the morning is absolutely the best time to eat carbs.
But if you exercise at all, then there is an even better time for you to carb out….
You see, during a high intensity workout you activate a glucose transporter “GLUT4” which allows you to utilize your carbs more efficiently… making your insulin sensitivity higher than any other time of day.
So if you eat carbs within 2 hours of a high intensity work out, you don’t have to worry about them being stored as fat.
So the next time you want to indulge in a high-carb meal like whole-grain pasta or mashed sweet potato, grab a few minutes of cardio first.
Trust me: your waist will thank you.