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Best Carbs for Building Muscle in Bodybuilding

Find out about the best carbs for building muscle from DreamBodies' Tony DiCostanzo in this Howcast bodybuilding video.


We live in a society where we're told we're carboholics and we're carb addicts, and that carbs are bad for you. But the fact of the matter is there are different types of carbs. There are good carbs and there are bad carbs. But bad carbs will be those carbs that are processed, potato chips and cookies and cakes, and so on and so forth. Healthy carbs will be those complex carbohydrates that your body's going to digest at a much slower rate. They're going to help your carbohydrate scores to be fuller at a much gradual rate, after ingesting them. They would be oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes and so on and so forth and yams. These are healthy carbs. But then, you also want to consider a fast-acting carb, when you're post workout or even pre-workout. Meaning that, you can administer fast-acting carbs like a dextrose or a simple sugar or a multodextrin drink or beverage. Maybe 30 minutes or so before you work out, and then even immediately right after. Because your body's going to be extremely ripe and ready to utilize those carbohydrates for replenishment to replenish your calitrogen scores and aid you in recovery. So, you want to make sure that you're ingesting basically mostly complex carbohydrates. And you're keeping the simple carbs, which would be more the higher sugar carbs like even fruit juices and so on for times before and after your workout. And you - one would even say during your workout, but specifically before and after your workout. Try not to ingest simple carbohydrates late at night. You're not - your body doesn't respond the same way after 5:00, 6:00 p.m. I think it's more realistic to say for most people that you know you wanna - you wanna - probably you're last meal's gonna come around 6:00 or 7:00, and even that's some times hard. But you wanna - you want to try not to eat carbs after 8:00 p.m. at night and if you do, keep them complex. Keep your simple carbs usually based around your workout. So, if you follow those guidelines, you're gonna do extremely well with how your body utilizes the carbs.

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