With the current rage for high-fat menus like the Atkins Diet, many of us have been led to believe that carbs are the ultimate evil, macronutrients that are good for nothing except turning us all into chubsters.
While it may be true that excessive carb intake, specifically simple carbohydrates like bread and pasta, can contribute to bodyfat stores, we need a certain amount of carbs to fuel intense weight-training sessions. Additionally, there’s a clinically proven need for carbs immediately after training to replenish glycogen stores. If you’re depriving your body of carbohydrates at those two key times, it’s safe to say that your results from training are not what they could and should be.
You won’t be able to sustain intense anaerobic exercise without carbs in your system, and you’re severely hampering the recovery and regeneration process. Finally, if you’re a hardgainer with a very fast metabolism, it would be nearly impossible for you to take in as many calories as you need without several generous portions of carbs like rice, potatoes, oatmeal, yams or Cream of Wheat. Experiment with your carb intake to strike a good balance for you, and realize that the no-carb diet fad, like every other fad diet, will be gone soon enough. IM