Turbo-Charge your KMW Training with Carbs

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Undoubtedly, the Krav Maga self-defense, fighting and fitness training you do at KMW Training Centers™ is demanding and requires loads of energy. Without proper fueling, your energy will languish and it’ll be harder to keep up with your training. By consuming enough carbohydrates in your daily diet, you’ll fuel your brain and muscles to keep you energized and focused throughout the day.

There is this widespread belief that carbs are fattening.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Carbs, in and of themselves don’t cause weight gain. It’s eating too many calories in a day that causes the pounds to creep up. Forget the high-protein diets…they simply don’t work. They cause the body to lose water weight which fools you into believing that you are losing weight. In reality, a diet like this is not sustainable. While you are on this meat fest, your body will start to crave junk food and sweets. Before you know it, you’ll be blowing your diet with cookies, candy and whatever else you can get your hands on. The bottom line is, your muscles must be fueled by enough carb consumption to give you energy.

Sustained Energy!

For sustained energy, include carbs and some protein in every meal, including snacks. You will be able to train longer and harder if your muscle-glycogen stores are full. Get your energy from nutrient rich carbs like whole-grains, legumes, fruits, and starchy vegetables such as peas, corn and potatoes. Carbs also put you in a better mood. They increase serotonin levels in the brain, the hormone responsible for mood. This is the primary reason why they are so addictive. The main principle to remember is that carbs are your friend… but, like everything else in life, should be consumed in moderation.

“Carbs are friend not foe”

Now that you know carbs are friend not foe, how much of these tantalizing starchy morsels should you indulge in on a daily basis? It really depends on your level of physical activity. A good rule of thumb is 2-3 grams of carbs per body weight or 55-65% of your calories from carbs. If you’re trying to lose weight, go on the lower end of carb consumption so that you create a calorie deficit on a daily basis.

So, if you want to become a lean, mean Krav Maga fighting machine, get to KMW Training Centers™ now…and don’t forget to eat your carbs!

Frieda P. Fontaine, Ph.D., CISSN

KMW Training Centers™ Nutritionist Frieda P. Fontaine, Ph.D., CISSN

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KMW Training Centers™ nutritionist Frieda P. Fontaine, Ph.D., CISSN, will be giving two FREE nutrition lectures. She will be sharing tips and advice on weight loss and sports performance.

Join her on Thursday, May 27 from  7:00pm to 8:00pm at KMW Training Centers™ • Sherman Oaks (Noble), and Saturday, May 29 from 10:30am to 11:30am at KMW Training Centers™ • West LA.

Space will be limited. Click here to Register online or call (800) KRAVMAGA for details.

Comments

  1. Norbi says:

    Well, I don't have a PHD in related subjects, but my general logical guess would be that nutrition for weight loss (especially rapid one) and nutrition for high energy levels for continuous intense training will never be the same. But I DO agree with the main point: taking in less calories than what you burn will cause weight loss, no matter what, taking in more of them will cause weight gain, no matter what.

  2. Hi Norbi,

    Thanks for your comment. You are correct when you say that nutrition for weight loss and nutrition for intense training is different. However, there are principles that hold true for both. Going on a weight loss plan doesn't mean skimping on vital nutrients that your body needs on a daily basis. You still must balance your meals daily, making sure that carb, protein and fat intake are sufficient. You just have to eat less from these foods.

  3. Krav Maga says:

    Thank you Frieda for the fantastic advice – looking forward to the 27th and 29th!

  4. Paco says:

    You say that carbs can increase serotonin levels. Is that why I feel good when I eat things like bacon brownies, funnel cakes, and deep fried snickers?

  5. kenhyland says:

    Bacon Brownies? Sounds delicious…or disgusting.

  6. Your taste buds might be happy, but I doubt your stomach will be.

  7. Kristine says:

    Wow Pacquito! That's an interesting list of death foods! lol…

    Thank you Frieda for educating us. It drives me nuts when people think carbs are bad! We at KMW definitely need our carbs!!! Looking forward to your lecture too!!!! :)

  8. Thanks, Kristine. Looking forward to it too!

  9. Debbie says:

    We most def need our carbs for your class, Kristine! You don't play :-)

  10. Your taste buds might be happy, but I doubt your stomach will be.

  11. Kristine says:

    Wow Pacquito! That's an interesting list of death foods! lol…

    Thank you Frieda for educating us. It drives me nuts when people think carbs are bad! We at KMW definitely need our carbs!!! Looking forward to your lecture too!!!! :)

  12. Thanks, Kristine. Looking forward to it too!

  13. Debbie says:

    We most def need our carbs for your class, Kristine! You don't play :-)