Cardio Carbs and Calories for Weight Loss
When you think of your energy sources and where they come from, you think, well what did I put into my body today? You think will this be enough to fuel me for the rest of the day, or the rest of the hour? I constantly obsess over this more than often and will blame myself for not giving me enough substantial nutrition, and on the flip side too much. When you overeat you tend to feel bloated and weighed down. When you don’t eat enough you feel even worse with stomach aches, pains, and groans all while feeling tired and foggy. So what’s the solution? It’s understanding the 3 big C’s.
This is great for you! I mean absolutely 100% incredibly healthy behavior. “Cardio” is often times considered the number one thing you can do for your body itself (as in the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, etc). I think it’s because there are so many different approaches to cardiovascular exercising, and that is what makes it work so well in today’s society for most. Doing a lot of cardio is great for you, but just remember you’ll be burning a ton of calories and energy. So when you are done with any type of intensive cardiovascular training, your body will almost immediately want to “refuel” on fluids and food. This is where you have to tread carefully and not slip up.
Replenishing yourself is easy, but doing it correctly so that you do not over eat when instinctively all of us men and women alike tend to do so. It is in our nature to want a massive helping of anything after intense training. But a golden rule in life (fitness and weight loss included) is “everything always in moderation“. Sometimes it’s good to really push yourself and test your limits with exercise, but just not every time you exercise. See, always moderating.
Carbohydrates are your best friend. They are basically the backbone of your diet. They can be broken down into two types which are simple and complex ( monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides, oligosaccharides). But don’t concern yourself with too much of that. The main thing you need be concerned or aware of with carbs is that they are probably the most important energy source for animals. Yes, that means including humans. Having a carb rich diet is great, but again, try not to over do it. Look, listen, and learn what normal portion sizes are and try to go with the flow with this medium. My favorite carb is plain pasta, what’s yours?
Numbers, numbers, and more numbers? Here is where a lot of us get a little crazy. Let’s be honest, come on now. You know who you are. So, to count, or not to count, that is the question. Listen there’s nothing wrong with counting calories. In fact, it’s probably from what I’ve seen one of the top 3 ways people shed pounds. It really is a killer way to lose weight. Consequently, it can drive you to the brink of insanity and back. First getting a good understanding of what’s out there and what is jam packed with a disgustingly high amount of calories, and what is completely harmless is the first step.
Here’s a rule of thumb, usually restaurant food is like walking into a calorie mine field. So treading softly in places like these is a must if you’re serious about weight loss. Overall, having a good grasp or approximation of how much you have daily is a good way to start monitoring your caloric intake. Rule of thumb for all the cheaters (not saying all my readers are cheaters), counting all the good wholesome foods you had, and then slipping up at the end of the day and having chunky chocolate fudge caramel ice cream cake and not logging it is defeating the purpose of calorie counting or tracking altogether. If you’re going to do something in life, why not do it right the first time around? Just saying.