Most dieters are conscious of their carb intakes but this carb loading is the opposite. This type of diet will not stop you to cut lots of carbs but there are also precautions when you wan to do this type of diet.
Many active people want to improve the way they feel and perform during exercise.
It is well-known that the right nutrition strategies can help you accomplish these goals.
Carb loading is one of the most common of these nutritional tools, often used by athletes to improve their performance.
It involves adjusting your diet and physical activity levels to boost the amount of carbohydrates stored in your body.
However, there are several common mistakes to avoid when using this strategy.
This article explains carb loading, discusses common mistakes and gives recommendations for how to do it properly.
What Is Carb Loading?
Carbohydrates are a very important source of fuel for your body.
During many types of exercise, your body uses stored carbs to provide you with energy (1).
In the body, carbohydrate stores are called glycogen. This glycogen is mostly found in two places: your liver and muscles (2).
Carb loading is simply a nutritional strategy to increase the glycogen stored in your body above its normal amount (3).
Having a sweet tooth is hard especially if you’re on diet. It’s hard to control your cravings over a bar of chocolate. Instead of preventing yourself to eat chocolates why not look for alternatives that are still under your diet.
Most people have experienced cravings for chocolate at some point in their lives. In fact for many people trying to lose weight chocolate is diet enemy number one, and a food with which people often have a love/hate relationship. Known to be high in fat and calories and a key contributor to weight gain when consumed too often, chocolate is often the treat we just can’t turn down.
Is chocolate addition a diet killer?
Many claim chocolate addiction is the root of their dieting problems, and indeed chocolate has been found to contain many compounds that have pleasure stimulating effects on the body. However, there are many other foods that are higher in these chemicals that are not nearly so craved as chocolate. So no excuses there. Many of us are also clinging to that earth shattering research that found that chocolate contains antioxidants and is good for the heart, as a good excuse to polish off a block or two. While this is certainly the case, along with those health promoting compounds there is also a huge amount of fat, sugars and calories and there is no doubt it can contribute to weight gain.
It would be much more beneficial to eat a tomato or some strawberries, also packed full of antioxidants and other vitamins, but low in calories and virtually fat free. It is also important to remember that while dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids will impart these benefits, a king size Mars bar will not have quite the same healthful properties.