Carb: Good or Bad?

Greatly influenced by wellness books like “The 4-Hour Body”, “Why We Are Fat: And What to do about it” and “The Primal Diet”, I’ve acknowledged that carbs are fattening and definitely not my BFF. These book state that carbs assist in fat storage in our body, increase our appetites and are the roots of many of the sickness and diseases such as heart attack and diabetes since they jump start our insulin.

Lately, I’ve changed my diet into a “Slow Carb” one, meaning that I will only consume various sorts of protein and fat and limit my carbs intake to beans, legumes and vegetable only. I find the “Slow Carb Diet” quite promising so far and lost 5lbs in only 1 week loosely following the rules- having a bit of fruit and bad sugar. I’ve used theĀ  past week as a tester and decided to go full force this week in order to see if my fat loss % can be increased.

I’m not sure if m body has switched to “ketosis” mode or not in which fat is burnt as fuel instead of glucose but definitely feel better each day and can eat three meals with at most 6 hours without feeling starved. So I guess protein and a healthy dose of fat are my new buddies.

OK, this post is not about me losing weighs or about my latest romance with protein and fat, but the fact that carb is ironically essential for my jogging, cycling and weight-lifting training. The body need to get some carb in order to save the muscle tissue and get recovered. As a regular gym-goer, jogging and cycling die-hard fans, what should I do? Then I realized that I DO have to bend the rules a little bit and include some carbs into my pre- and post-workout meal. And the truth is that I’m still testing what combination works best for me without sabotaging my diet and recovery :(. “Thrive” is the book I currently used as reference.

The following will be my first design for pre- and post- workout meal:

Pre-workout for Fuel for weight-lifting (BodyPump)

Protein Shake: (to be drunk 30 minutes before BodyPump session since liquid stuff takes around 40 minutes to get into your body)

  • 1scoop unflavored brown rice protein (16g protein)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp stevia
  • water

Post-workout Fuel for weight-lifting (BodyPump), jogging and cycling:

Protein Pudding: (to be consumed within the 30-min window after exercising)

  • 4 tbsp reduced fat shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp roasted carob powder
  • 1scoop unflavored brown rice protein (16g protein)
  • pinch of cinnamon (which, according to “The 4-Hour Body” helps lowering the insulin spike)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries and strawberries (SUGAR!!!)
  • water to obtain a pudding-like mixture