Is a low-carb diet really the answer for weight loss?
What about exercise level? How does that factor in?
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CARBOHYDRATES
My half-marathon training is at full intensity, and I ate a whole frozen Amy’s organic mushroom pizza before my 9 mile run today. So, naturally, I have a vested interest in carbohydrates after my “I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THING” moment. Seriously, I can’t believe it. I hate mushrooms. And pizza, usually.
- If you’re training for a race and running upwards of 15 miles a week, you’re going to need to eat more carbs and more calories. Check out this AWESOME guide about CARBS FOR RUNNERS from Runner’s World Magazine. Cutting carbs during your training will NEGATIVELY affect your performance.
- Where are carbohydrates found? Pizza, bread, fruits, veggies, rice, milk, cookies — all the good stuff. Read this guide from Harvard Health. It has a ton of great information.
- Will a low-carb diet help me lose weight? Short answer: yes, if you eat the right amount of calories and don’t consume too much animal fat and protein. Fruits and veggies are important, everybody! Put more plants in your face! Long answer: check out this article by the Mayo Clinic. Basically, making healthy choices will always yield favorable results, but there has been some evidence that low-carb diets have lasting long-term effects.
Use this calculator to help you figure out how many carbs you should be eating a day. It’s the only one I’ve been able to find thus far, so use it with a grain of salt. Above all, make healthy choices, guys!