There seems to be a stigma against carbs, and that they're the forbidden food group, I'm seeing many people telling people who want to lose weight to avoid carbs. But it might be worth knowing that carbohydrates are supposed to form roughly 60% of our food intake, without it we'd have no energy to workout. Having slow releasing carbohydrates like porridge, pasta, rice etc will give you energy regulated over a long period of time so your body isn't bombarded with excess energy which will be stored as fat. That doesn't mean fast releasing carbs don't have their place, a jam sandwich is a great pre workout snack, once the fast effect of the jam wears off the slower releasing bread will have kicked in. Just a little thing to give some thought before demonising and cutting down on the largest food group in our diet, which is wrongly associated with the fats and sugars group and is rejected in so many diets. Keep training :)
Ofcourse you need carbs! But for the people who are lifting weights and want to lower their bodyfat thus eating less kcals than they burn. In general a low carb diet will give the best results. In general carbs will be arround 40 to 30 % of their diet in a serious cut. It is not that carbs are bad but you have to change your macro's when you have a certain goal in mind!!!
A 'rule' that alot of bodybuilders follow is arround 2 grams of proteine for every kg the body weighs. And circa 1gr of good fats. The rest is filled in with carbs untill you reach the kcal yu require.
If you dont change your carb intake you will never lose that fat.
Oh and a sandwhich with jam is imo not a good preworkout snack.
well, yes, it will vary depending on what people are trying to achieve, carbs are less essential for anaerobic activity like body building, but for the majority of people doing cardio, they shouldn't be cutting Down on carbs (unless its to excess of course). As for jam sandwich, I base this round high intensity things, it would be useless and possibly counterproductive to a bodybuilding program, but say someone was about to do an intense cycling session, it would be better than using energy drinks or other supplemental scams as a way of getting some energy.
Ok, I can see where you are coming from, but another possible bad habit does crop up, what's your thoughts on calorie counting? My view is unless the intake is to extreme then it should be monitored, but in all other situations It's a dumb founded practice, as the number itself is not important but what's inside those numbers, someone could say they ate 2000 calories but that could have been 2000 calories of crisps. Better to be a bit over and it be good food, eaten at regular intervals to maintain a high metabolism, as opposed to having the right amount, in 3 large meals that will slow the metabolic rate.