Turbo-Charge your KMW Training with Carbs
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.
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!
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.