Low carb diets might sound scary at first when you’re starting an exercise routine because carbs are a major energy source for the body. So how do you work out and maintain a healthy, happy life when your body is depleted on one of your biggest energy sources?
Luckily there are some steps that you can take to keep your energy levels intact, enjoy great weight loss results, and not feel like you’re depriving your body of a type of food that’s been a part of your life for years.
If you’re dieting and exercising, the number one step that you want to take before anything else is to make sure that you’re staying properly hydrated. Proper hydration levels are great for your metabolism’s ability to burn fat, to keep carb cravings from haunting you, and to help your body digest nutrients properly.
Once you have the water consumption down, you can now look at when you’re consuming your carbs. Most low carb plans allow anywhere from 50 to 100 grams of carbs a day – sometimes with low and higher carb days.
Plan your carbs for before your workout if you’re about to have a higher intensity cardio or weight training session so that your body can properly use its glycogen system with the carbs you’ve had for the day.
Avoid no carb diets because it will definitely weaken your body’s ability to fight infections, give you less energy in and outside of the gym, contribute to a total shut down of your carb using glycogen system, and even cripple your body’s ability to burn fat cells.
Maintaining a low carb diet that doesn’t completely eliminate carbohydrates will still give you a bunch of weight loss progress, but it can also fuel your body properly at the same time.
Aside from worrying about carbohydrates, you should also make sure you’re consuming plenty of protein and maybe supplement amino acids into your diet. Doing this will allow your body to preserve its lean muscle mass as you begin to reach a caloric deficit and lose weight.
It’s vital that your weight being loss is from overall body fat percentage and not lost weight in muscle mass. Staying properly hydrated, being mindful of your carbs for your workouts, and eating proper levels of protein and amino acids are all great tips to make your low carb journey easier and more efficient.